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  1. image - David Hallberg - Principal Dancer

    DAVID HALLBERG - PRINCIPAL DANCER

    David is an American classical ballet dancer.

  1. David Hallberg - Principal Dancer

    David Hallberg is an American classical ballet dancer. He is a principal dancer for the Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, and became the first American to become a principal dancer with the Bolshoi in 2011. Hallberg was invited by Sergei Filin, Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director to join as either a guest artist or principal. Part of his decision to join was made, in part, to dance with ballerina Natalia Osipova with whom he has danced previously.

    Hallberg was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He was inspired to dance when he saw a Fred Astaire film in the family living room. With his family's support, he trained at the Ballet Arizona School under the direction of Kee Juan Han. In 1999 he studied for 1 year at the Paris Opera Ballet School, then joined American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company in 2000. Hallberg joined the main company's Corp de ballet in 2001, was promoted to Soloist in 2004, then Principal in 2006.