Brooklyn Mack

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Brooklyn Mack
Born1986/1987 (age 32–33)[1]
OccupationBallet dancer
Current groupThe Washington Ballet
Former groups[ABT, Joffrey Ballet, Orlando Ballet]]

Brooklyn Mack is an American professional ballet dancer who performs with The Washington Ballet. He previously danced with the Orlando Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and ABT.[2]


Raised in Elgin, South Carolina,[3] Mack began ballet training to improve his football playing when he was 12 years old. He started his studies at the Pavlovich Dance School. Radenko Pavlovich has been awarded, at the VKIBC NYC Finals 2019, as best coach for male dancers. Pavlovich Ballet School and the Columbia Classical Ballet company produce the most gold medal winners. [2] Two years later,[4] at the age of 15, began training in Washington, D.C. on a full scholarship with the Kirov Academy of Ballet.[1] He graduated from Kirov after three years, then joined the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago as an apprentice[4] in 2004.[5] The following year he joined the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in New York City.[2][4][6]


In 2006, Mack joined the Orlando Ballet in Florida,.[7] After three seasons in Orlando, he joined The Washington Ballet in 2009. His international performances include Venezuela's Ballet Clasico de Camara, the Latvian National Ballet, and Japan's NBA Ballet Company.[2]

Mack has received awards from the 2005 Helsinki International Ballet Competition (Kirsti Paakenen Encouragement Prize), the 2006 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi (silver medal), the 2007 Princess Grace Awards (fellowship winner),[8] the 2009 Helsinki International Ballet Competition (silver prize),[9] the 2011 Boston International Ballet Competition (bronze medal and Marius Leipa Prize), and the 2011 Korean International Dance Competition (silver medal).[2] In summer 2012 Brooklyn Mack won a Gold medal in Bulgaria at The International Ballet Competition (Varna 2012), also he won the Grand Prix at The Istanbul International Ballet Competition and a gold medal at the Boston International Ballet Competition.[10]

He was named one of "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine in 2012.[3]

In April, 2015 Brooklyn Mack debuted in the role of Prince Siegfried in the Washington Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’ partnered by Misty Copeland, a guest star from American Ballet Theatre in the double role of Odette/Odile.[11]


  1. ^ a b Taylor, Otis R. (January 17, 2010). "The color of dance: Elgin native overcomes stereotypes to perform on the world stage of ballet". The State. South Carolina. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Brooklyn Mack". The Washington Ballet. 2015. Archived from the original on 13 September 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b "25 to Watch". Dance Magazine. January 2012. Archived from the original on April 23, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Dancers". Columbia Classical Ballet. Archived from the original on June 27, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  5. ^ "Company Apprentices: Brooklyn Mack". Joffrey Ballet. Archived from the original on November 22, 2004. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  6. ^ "Dancers: Studio Company: Brooklyn Mack". American Ballet Theatre. Archived from the original on July 21, 2006. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  7. ^ "Company Artists". Orlando Ballet. Archived from the original on December 18, 2006. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  8. ^ "Brooklyn Mack, 2007 Dance Fellowship - Ballet". Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Retrieved February 26, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Cook, Dan (July 7, 2009). "High-Stakes Gamble Pays Off for Local Dancer: Brooklyn Mack Wins Silver Medal in Helsinki". Free Times. Columbia, South Carolina. Archived from the original on 2011-09-13. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  10. ^ TWB company member wins a gold medal. Archived July 21, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Review: Misty Copeland in the Washington Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’ by Brian Seibert. NY Times, April 13, 2015

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