Joy Annabelle Womack is to be First American Principal Ballerina to Perform on New Bolshoi Theater Stage

November 2, 2011

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Joy Annabelle Womack is to be First American Principal Ballerina to Perform on New Bolshoi Theater Stage

ballet dancer on stage in white tutu

Joy Womack Photograph : Vihao Pham

Joy Annabelle Womack is set to debut on the Bolshoi Theater stage as the first American ballerina to perform a principal role with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy on the Bolshoi Stage.  She will be dancing the lead role of Lise in Grigorovich’s production of La Fille Mal Gardee.  The performance is scheduled for the 6th of November, two days after the recently signed former American Ballet Theatre principal, David Hallberg, will make his Russian debut.  Mario Labrador, also an American, will be her partner.  Together they will make history as the first Americans to dance leading roles in the Bolshoi Theater.

Ballet dancer makes history

Joy will graduate later this year after spending three years in the Russian Course of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.  After graduation, she will be the first American to complete the Russian course of study at the school.  During her first year at the Academy she was featured in a New York Times front-page article and video.  She has spent the last three years leading her class with the highest grades and dancing many soloist and principal roles on the Bolshoi Stage, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and many other famous stages around Europe.

Joy has had the opportunity for the past three summers to represent the Bolshoi Ballet Academy at their master-class series in New York City produced in conjunction with the Russian American Foundation.  In the spring of 2011, Joy was honored with the title role in Lavrovsky’s Classical Symphony with music by Prokoviev while representing the Bolshoi Academy in Proteges III at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. 

Joy has studied at the Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica, Austin School of Classical Ballet and the Kirov Academy of Ballet.  Joy enjoys her role of being a bridge between Russian and American Cultures.

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5 Responses to “Joy Annabelle Womack is to be First American Principal Ballerina to Perform on New Bolshoi Theater Stage”

  1. Cedrics Mom Says:

    I was wondering what happened to this girl. I remember reading her story in the New York Times. I am so thrilled to see she has achieved her dream! Fantastic!

  2. Hannah Says:

    AMAZING! I love Joy, because what she is doing is SO incredible but whenever I see an interview or something with her she seems so down to earth. She is new favorite ballerina. 🙂

  3. May Says:

    She’s already a principal dancer? Or does it just mean she is dancing in a ballerina (leading) role? – either way, that’s very thrilling and many congratulations to Joy and her partner Mario. Merde for the big night!

  4. Gina Phoenix Vitale Says:

    It is with great pleasure and an honor to be the parent of Mario Vitale Labrador, who began ballet at age 10 under the guidance of Artistic Director, Mr. Ronn Guidi. Mario is also due to graduate the Bolshoi Ballet Academy next Summer and I am certain Mario is very proud of himself at having the opportunity to partner Joy Womack on the new Bolshoi Theatre stage! We here in the United States are very proud of both Joy and Mario as they follow their dreams and live the life that they have imagined! Merde to both of them!

  5. Ballet News Says:

    thanks everyone!