David Hallberg

Principal, guest (American Ballet Theatre)

David Hallberg was born in South Dakota in the USA. At the age of 13 he started dancing at the Arizona Ballet School to learn from Kee Juan Han, before he attended the Ballet School of the Opera in Paris. In 2001 Hallberg joined the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) where he became Principal in 2005. Honored with the Benois de la Danse Award in 2010, he was the first American dancer called “Premiere Dancer” at the Bolshoi Ballet. In Moscow Hallberg performed in Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle and Onegin amongst others.

In December 2013 he made his debut as Rudolf in Nureyev’s Sleeping Beauty in Paris. His guest appearances include performances at the Mariinsky Ballet, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Kiev Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Opera di Roma, Georgian State Ballett and Australian Ballet, where he became the first “Resident Guest Artist” ever of the Australian company.

Beside his dancing career he founded a scholarship to support young dancers at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theatre. His biography A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back was published in 2017.

David Hallberg will make his debut with Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich on the 13 April 2019 with the title role in John Cranko’s Onegin.

(Information as of February 2019)