Gabe Stone Shayer Is Creating an African Narrative Ballet in a Locale That’s Not Only Dreamy, but Informing the Work Itself

American Ballet Theatre soloist Gabe Stone Shayer’s latest project will inspire some serious travel envy. From March to April of this year, Shayer has been an artist in residence at Palm Heights Grand Cayman—a resort in the Cayman Islands—where he is choreographing an African-themed narrative ballet, performing solos that will become part of the upcoming […]

Join Us for a Q&A With ABT's Gabe Stone Shayer on January 21

Gabe Stone Shayer, American Ballet Theatre’s newest soloist, has long been a standout onstage. But the 27-year-old dancer—the first African-American male to graduate from Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy—is also branching out into choreography and spearheading a flurry of creative projects. Shayer has big ideas for ballet’s future. “I want to be the person who facilitates […]

News of Note: What You Might Have Missed in November 2020

Here are the latest promotions, appointments and departures, plus notable awards and accomplishments, from the last month. Comings & Goings At Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dylan Wald and Angelica Generosa have been promoted to principal, Cecilia Iliesiu to soloist. Natascha Mair has joined English National Ballet as a principal. Ethan Stiefel has been appointed artistic director […]

News of Note: What You Might Have Missed in September 2020

Here are the latest promotions, appointments and departures, plus notable awards and accomplishments, from the last month. Comings & Goings At American Ballet Theatre , Joo Won Ahn, Aran Bell, Skylar Brandt, Thomas Forster, Calvin Royal III and Cassandra Trenary have been promoted to principal, Gabe Stone Shayer to soloist. At Pennsylvania Ballet, Jack Thomas […]

How I Deal with Racist Remarks as a Ballet Dancer of Color

After years of rigorous training, ballet dancers become accustomed to constructive and oftentimes harsh criticism. Being scrutinized is something that comes with the territory. I myself spent the better half of my high school years in Russia, where political correctness does not get in the way of progress. We were trained to use criticism as […]

This ABT Dancer Isn't Afraid to Fall on His Face

The role of Harlequin in Marius Petipa’s comic ballet Harlequinade is one American Ballet Theatre dancer Gabe Stone Shayer knows quite well. He first performed a variation of the role when he was just nine years old. Today, he explores commedia dell’arte in Alexei Ratmansky’s new take on the ballet, premiering at the Metropolitan Opera […]

Big Talent on Tap for Next Week's Erik Bruhn Prize

The dance world’s abundance of talent can be dizzying, but there are a few “crystal balls” that allow dancers and fans alike to get a glimpse of tomorrow’s megastars. For one, there’s Dance Magazine‘s 25 to Watch, our annual list of promising artists across all dance genres—look for the latest edition in our January issue! (In 2005 alone, […]

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