As of August, Hee Seo will be promoted to the rank of soloist with American Ballet Theatre, ABT artistic director Kevin McKenzie announced July 6.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Seo was awarded a three-year full scholarship to the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington, D.C. In 2003, she won a scholarship to train at the John Cranko Ballet Academy in Stuttgart, Germany. She is the recipient of the 2003 Prix de Lausanne Award and the 2003 Grand Prix at the Youth American Grand Prix in New York.
Seo joined the ABT Studio Company (now ABT II) in 2004. She was named an apprentice with the main company in 2005 and promoted the following year to the corps de ballet.
Her repertoire with ABT includes Gamzatti in La Bayadère, Zulma in Giselle, Natalia in On the Dnieper, Olympia in Lady of the Camellias, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.