Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cory Stearns Promoted to ABT Principal!

Photo by John Grigaitis, taken from Tonya's Blog
Wow! This just in: Cory Stearns from ABT has been promoted to principal!

I loved wacthing him in Romeo & Juliet when I supered, and he's really stood out in other recent works as well. And he's so young! I'm sure they had to promote someone fabulous since the wonderful Jose Carreno will retire this year :/

Congrats Cory!

From the press release:
A native of Long Island, New York, Cory Stearns began his classical training at Seiskaya Ballet with Mme. Valia Seiskaya. At 15, he participated in the Youth America Grand Prix and was offered a full scholarship to The Royal Ballet School in London. During his training, Stearns performed in Madrid, Moscow, Milan and Germany. His repertory included principal roles in Mark Annear's Mendelssohn Concerto, Kenneth MacMillan's Concerto, Kirk Peterson's Eyes That Gently Touch, Robert Hill's Piano Concerto #2 and Barry Moreland's Fearful Symmetries. In March 2004, Stearns appeared with Kylie Minogue in her music video Chocolate. Upon graduating, with honors, from The Royal Ballet School, he received, for the second year, the Dame Ruth Railton Award for excellence in dance.

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