New York City Ballet’s Rebecca Krohn & Ana Sophia Scheller promoted to Principal

May 23, 2012

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New York City Ballet’s Rebecca Krohn & Ana Sophia Scheller promoted to Principal

New York City Ballet announced today that Rebecca Krohn and Ana Sophia Scheller have been promoted to Principal. Peter Martins, NYCB’s Ballet Master in Chief, made the promotions during the matinee performance on Saturday, May 19.

During the Company’s spring season Ms. Krohn has debuted in Balanchine’s Kammermusik No. 2, as well as performed featured roles in Balanchine’s Serenade and Concerto Barocco, Jerome Robbins’ The Cage, and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons. This spring Ms. Scheller has performed featured roles in George Balanchine’s Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons. Ms. Scheller also had an unexpected debut on Saturday, May 12 during a matinee performance of Wheeldon’s Les Carillons when she stepped in for Principal Dancer Sara Mearns who sustained an injury mid-performance. Ms. Scheller filled in for the remainder of the ballet, performing both her role in addition to Ms. Mearns’, and made her official debut in the new role on Thursday, May 17. On Friday, May 18 both women made debuts in featured roles in George Balanchine’s Brahms Schoenberg Quartet, Ms. Krohn in the first movement and Ms. Scheller in the third movement.

Rebecca Krohn was born in Vestal, New York. In 1995, she entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, as a scholarship student. Ms. Krohn was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in the fall of 1998 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in spring 1999. In March 2006, she was promoted to the rank of soloist.

Since joining New York City Ballet, Ms. Krohn has danced featured roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Chaconne, Divertimento No. 15, Episodes, The Four Temperaments, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Sugarplum Fairy, Coffee, and Flowers), Monumentum pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Symphony in Three Movements among other works; Jerome Robbins’ The Four Seasons, Dances at a Gathering, Glass Pieces, I’m Old Fashioned, Moves, and NY Export: Opus Jazz among other works; Peter Martins’ River of Light, The Sleeping Beauty (Diamond and Generosity), and Thou Swell among other works. Ms. Krohn originated a featured role in the NYCB premiere of Robbins’ N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz and Benjamin Millepied’s Quasi Una Fantasia.

Ana Sophia Scheller was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and began her dance training at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colon. She moved to New York at age 13 to enroll as a full-time student at the School of American Ballet in 2000. She was awarded SAB’s Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise in 2003. Ms Scheller joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in the summer of 2003. In the spring of 2004, Ms Scheller joined New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to the rank of soloist in December 2006.

Since joining New York City Ballet, Ms. Scheller has performed featured roles in George Balanchine’s Apollo, Ballo della Regina, Symphony in C, Cortège Hongrois, Divertimento No. 15, Emeralds from Jewels, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Marzipan, Hot Chocolate), Raymonda Variations, La Source, La Valse, and Who Cares? among other works; Jerome Robbins’ Interplay and 2 & 3 Part Inventions among other works; Peter Martins’ Sleeping Beauty (Princess Florine, Ruby, Vivacity, and Courage), and Swan Lake (“Pas de Trois” and “Pas de Quatre”) among other works; Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Estancia. She originated featured roles in Melissa Barak’s A Simple Symphony; Jorma Elo’s Slice to Sharp; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Les Carillons.

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