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Ballet Star and Multi-Tasker Ethan Stiefel to Say Farewell to ABT in July


Ethan Stiefel, a principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre since 1997, will retire from the company with a farewell performance July 7 in the role of Ali, the Slave in ABT’s production of Le Corsaire.

Last September, Stiefel joined Royal New Zealand Ballet as artistic director. Prior to accepting that post last May, he had served as dean of the School of Dance at North Carolina School of the Arts since 2007.

Of his retirement from ABT, Stiefel said, “Although it is not easy to step away from performing, I am gladdened by the fact that I have other invaluable opportunities to continue to contribute to the art form. I am deeply grateful to everyone who has helped to shape my success as an artist and has supported me throughout the years.”

Stiefel began his professional career at age 16 with New York City Ballet, where he quickly rose to the rank of principal dancer. He was also a principal with the Zurich Ballet as well as ABT, and has made guest appearances with Australian Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Munich Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and Teatro Colon.

Ethan Stiefel in Le Corsaire (Photo by Rosalie O’Connor)

Stiefel has been a guest teacher for many institutions including ABT II, ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, The National Ballet of Canada, and The Royal Ballet School. He recently staged and choreographed a new version of The Nutcracker for UNCSA. He also has numerous film, TV, and video credits, including a starring role in the movie Center Stage. Stiefel was a juror for the Prix de Lausanne in 2001 and served on the selection committee for the 2010 International Ballet Competition. held in Jackson, Mississippi.

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One Response to “Ballet Star and Multi-Tasker Ethan Stiefel to Say Farewell to ABT in July”

  • joshua K. Reardon:

    This is so devastating to hear. However Kevin MacKenzie doesn’t seem how to develop his senior talent in ways that appeal to an artist. How many times can you perform Giselle. I’m glad his swan song won’t be the Swan Show, though he was the most tremendous villain. Although his technical merits are unsurpassed, I will miss Ethan’s acting the most — not easy in dance without words! Best wishes Ethan and I hope you keep dancin’ with perhaps your own white oak company –JR

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