David Hallberg

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David Hallberg
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OccupationBallet dancer
Current groupAmerican Ballet Theatre,[2]
The Australian Ballet[3]

David Hallberg is an American classical ballet dancer. He is a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and resident guest artist at The Australian Ballet,[3] and formerly a principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet.

Early life[edit]

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.[4][5] In 1999 he studied for one year at the Paris Opera Ballet School, then joined American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company in 2000.


Hallberg joined ABT's corps de ballet in 2001, was promoted to Soloist in 2004, then Principal in 2006. He has been a guest artist with many different companies around the world, including the Mariinsky Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Kiev Ballet in Ukraine, Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and many others. He has also performed at galas around the world from Japan to the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.[6]

In 2011 Hallberg became the first American to become a principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet.[2][7] Hallberg was invited by Sergei Filin, Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director to join as either a guest artist or principal.[8] Part of his decision to join was made, in part, to dance with ballerina Natalia Osipova with whom he had danced previously.[8] However, owing to a severe ankle injury,[9] he did not perform with the Bolshoi after July 2014, and the association ended formally in 2017.

During two years off stage due to complications recovering from surgery on his left foot, Hallberg spent 15 months working with The Australian Ballet's physiotherapy and rehabilitation team, building a relationship with the company that resulted in his being named Resident Guest Artist.[3] He finally returned to the stage in a role début, that of Franz in Coppélia, with The Australian Ballet in December 2016.[10]

Hallberg starred in the 2017 Nike campaign, "I, David", directed by Niclas Gillis with set design by James Casebere.[11]

Hallberg published a memoir, A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back, with the Touchstone imprint of Simon and Schuster in November 2017.[12]

Selected Repertoire[edit]


  1. ^ "David Hallberg - ABT: Dancers". American Ballet Theatre. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Hawgood, Alex (March 8, 2013). "The Prince of Ballet, Leaping Onto a New World Stage". New York Times. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Harford, Sonia (20 February 2017). "US ballet superstar David Hallberg to call Australia home for a little longer". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  4. ^ ttanner (August–September 2006). "A Princely Principal". Pointe Magazine Online. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "David Hallberg". American Ballet Theatre. American Ballet Theatre. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  6. ^ Hawgood, Alex (8 March 2013). "David Hallberg, the Prince of Tights, Leaping Onto a New World Stage". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Katz Rizzo, Laura (1 September 2012). "Vaganova's Vision and the Development of Neoclassical Russian Ballet Technique". Dance Chronicle. 35 (3): 408–413. doi:10.1080/01472526.2012.720960.
  8. ^ a b Alastair Macaulay; Daniel J. Wakin (September 20, 2011). "American Is to Join the Bolshoi Ballet". New York Times. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  9. ^ Thompson, Candice (22 May 2017). "The Rebirth of David Hallberg". Dance Magazine. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  10. ^ a b Blake, Elissa (8 December 2016). "David Hallberg: Coppelia comeback after agonising lay-off". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  11. ^ https://www.nike.com/us/en_us/e/cities/nyc/objects-of-desire
  12. ^ A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back. Simon and Schuster. Simon and Schuster, Inc. 2017-11-07. ISBN 9781476771151. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  13. ^ Macaulay, Alastair (21 November 2011). "A Big Bolshoi Opening From a Cinema Seat". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  14. ^ Harss, Marina (23 June 2014). "American Ballet Theatre - Giselle - New York". DanceTabs. DanceTabs.com. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  15. ^ Harss, Marina (14 June 2014). "American Ballet Theatre – Cinderella – New York". DanceTabs. DanceTabs.com. Retrieved 10 November 2017.

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