On Saturday, New York City Ballet announced who will be leading the company while ballet master in chief Peter Martins is on a self-requested leave of absence amidst an ongoing investigation into sexual harassment allegations.


The decision, made by NYCB's board, was somewhat surprising. Instead of choosing one interim director, they appointed a team of four: resident choreographer and soloist Justin Peck and ballet masters Jonathan Stafford, Rebecca Krohn and Craig Hall. Stafford will lead the group.

Though the team is relatively green when it comes to the leadership side of ballet, all four are undoubtably familiar with the current workings of NYCB. Krohn transitioned from principal dancer to ballet master in October, while Hall, a former soloist, assumed the same role in 2016. Former principal Stafford has the most experience on that side of the studio—he began his duties as ballet master during his last season as a performer in 2013–14.

We wish the team luck as they step up during such a busy performance season. Dance Magazine will continue its coverage of this developing story, including Martins' future as it relates to NYCB.

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