Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, David Hallberg began his formal ballet training at 13 with Kee Juan Han at the Arizona Ballet School. In 1999, he was accepted into the Paris Opera Ballet School where he continued his studies under the direction of Claude Bessy, Jacques Namont and Gilbert Meyer.Hallberg joined ABT's Studio Company in September 2000 and became a member of the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre in April 2001. He was promoted to Soloist in January 2004 and to Principal Dancer in May 2006.
Hallberg has been a guest artist with many companies including the Royal Swedish Ballet, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and the Kiev Ballet. He has danced at galas throughout the world from Japan to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.Hallberg was a recipient of the Princess Grace Fellowship and the Chris Hellman Dance Award for 2002-2003. He received a nomination for the Benois de la Danse Award in 2006 and won the Benois de la Danse Award in 2010.
David Hallberg joined the Bolshoi Ballet as a Premier Danseur in September 2011, the first American to join the company.
David Hallberg's much-anticipated memoir, A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back, comes out today. The book offers insight not only into his journey back from a traumatic injury, but gives tantalizing glimpses into his backstage life and his partnerships with star ballerinas like Natalia Osipova. For a sneak peek, here's an excerpt about his struggle with perfectionism, and the magic that he realized could happen once he finally let go onstage.