DAVID HALLBERG was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. He began formal ballet training at the age of thirteen with Kee Juan Han at the Arizona Ballet School and continued his studies at the Paris Opera Ballet School. Mr. Hallberg attended American Ballet Theatre's New York Summer Intensive in 1999 and 2000 as an ABT National Training Scholar. He joined ABTÕs Studio Company in 2000 and became a member of the corps de ballet at American Ballet Theatre in 2001. He was promoted to Soloist in 2004 and to Principal Dancer in 2005.
His repertoire of full length ballets include leading roles in Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Othello, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sylvia, La Sylphide, Bright Stream, Lady of the Camellias,and Raymonda. He dances a wide range of works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Kurt Jooss, Antony Tudor, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Jiri Kylian, Frederick Ashton and William Forsythe. Twyla Tharp created a leading role for him in her 2008 world premiere for Ballet Theatre, Rabbit and Rogue. Alexei Ratmansky created roles for Mr. Hallberg in three of his world premieres for Ballet Theatre, On the Dnieper (2009), Seven Sonatas (2010), andThe Nutcracker (2010).
Mr. Hallberg is an international guest artist who has appeared with the Bolshoi Ballet, dancing Albrecht in Giselle; the Mariinsky (Kirov Ballet) as Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, and in George Balanchine's Scotch Symphony. He has also danced with the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Kiev Ballet, Georgian State Ballet under the direction of Nina Ananiashvili, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and the Australian Ballet.
In 2008 and 2009, he toured Russia with Kings Of The Dance. His repertoire included Frederick AshtonÕs Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Christopher WheeldonÕs For 4, Nacho DuatoÕs Remanso, and Roland PetitÕs Proust pas de deux.Dance of the Blessed Spirits was originally created on Sir Anthony Dowell, who staged the ballet for Mr. Hallberg especially for this tour. Mr. Hallberg is the first dancer after Dowell to ever perform this work.
In the autumn of 2010, Mr. Hallberg launched The Innovation Initiative at American Ballet Theatre, a workshop for aspiring first time choreographers.
Mr. Hallberg won Prix Benois de la Danse (2010) as Best Male Dancer for his performance as Albrecht in Giselle with American Ballet Theatre. He was a recipient of the Princess Grace Fellowship and the Chris Hellman Dance Awardfor 2002-2003.
Since September 2011 David Hallberg Principal Dancer of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia.