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