Let's step into a time machine and take a trip all the way back to September 2010, shall we? Lady Gaga won the MTV Video of the Year Award for "Bad Romance;" "Dancing with the Stars" Season 11 began with celebrities Jennifer Grey and Kristi Yamaguchi; and two promising New York City Ballet apprentices graced the cover of Dance Spirit:
Back in 2010, NYCB's Lauren Lovette, then 18, had been an apprentice for close to a year, and from the roles she was landing—including one in a Christopher Wheeldon premiere—it was pretty clear she was destined for greatness in the company. We were right. She (and fellow cover star Taylor Stanley) joined the corps de ballet practically as soon as the issue debuted—and the two were promoted to soloist in 2013.
On Sunday, NYCB director Peter Martins announced some really great news: Lovette is now principal!
Congratulations, beautiful Lauren! (Lovette in George Balanchine's Raymonda Variations; photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy NYCB)
Ready for more good news? Lovette isn't alone in the promotions pool. Soloist Anthony Huxley was also promoted to principal...
If you're not already obsessed with Anthony Huxley, brace yourselves, folks. I mean, just look at him. (Photo by Henry Leutwyler)
...and corps member Ashly Isaacs moved up the ranks to soloist!
How does she make this much flawlessness look so effortless? (Isaacs in Bournonville Divertissements; photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy NYCB)