New York City Ballet sure knows how to finish a production with a bang. Just as the company's whirlwind two weeks of The Sleeping Beauty came to an end, ballet master in chief Peter Martins announced the promotion of eight dancers: Sara Adams, Harrison Ball, Emilie Gerrity, Joseph Gordon, Unity Phelan, Troy Schumacher and Indiana Woodward were all promoted to soloist, and Russell Janzen was promoted to principal!
It's no surprise—NYCB's roster is bursting with talent and personality, and all these dancers have stood out in one way or another over the years (and shoutout to Woodward's shining face in our "Shades of Spring" fashion feature!). Congratulations to everyone on their well-deserved promotions!
Russell Janzen and Sterling Hyltin in Balanchine's Duo Concertant (photo by Paul Kolnik)