Sascha Radetsky Transitions from Stage to Screen

Photo by Marty Sohl

American Ballet Theatre's Sascha Radetsky is finally retiring from the stage. Well, at least from the proscenium stage. You might know him as Charlie, from the movie Center Stage, or you might have caught him live during his long career as a soloist at ABT, his stint as a principal with the Dutch National Ballet, his guest spots with Ballet San Jose and Pacific Northwest Ballet...what else? Oh yeah, maybe you saw him when he performed with the Ballet do Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, or the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. No? Well, you get the picture. The guy's been around.

The former DS cover model is really only stepping sideways rather than retiring. He'll be starring in the upcoming Starz show "Flesh and Bone," and we hope he'll continue his impressive writing career. He's already been featured in Dance Magazine multiple times, and he's written for us, too!

It's no secret that Radetsky is as much a technician with words as he is with his body. His sweet farewell letter in Vogue shows that as a man of many talents, he's got a lot to look forward to beyond the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House.

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