Resident Guest Artist

David Hallberg

David Hallberg is a Principal Dancer with both American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet. He made history in September 2011 when he became the first American to join the Russian company under the title Premier Dancer.

David dances every major full-length classical ballet, along with many modern and contemporary works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Kurt Jooss, Antony Tudor, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, Christopher Wheeldon, Jirˇí Kylián, Frederick Ashton, William Forsythe and Twyla Tharp. Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has created roles for him in five world premieres for American Ballet Theatre. David has been a guest artist with The Australian Ballet, The Mariinsky Ballet, The Paris Opera Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, The Tokyo Ballet, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Kiev Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Opera di Roma and Georgian State Ballet, among others.

In November 2011 he performed in The Sleeping Beauty, the first ballet performance to re-open the newly renovated Bolshoi Theatre, which was broadcast through cinemas to 60 countries throughout the world. In December 2012, he appeared at The Kennedy Center Honors, performing a special tribute to the career of Natalia Makarova in a worldwide telecast.

David won the prestigious 2010 Benois de la Danse Prize for Best Male Dancer for his performance as Albrecht in Giselle with American Ballet Theatre. He established the David Hallberg Scholarship to mentor aspiring male dance students at the JKO School of American Ballet Theatre; he has also created The Innovation Initiative at ABT, encouraging new creation by emerging choreographers in the field of dance.