John McFall in rehearsals for his Peter Pan in 2007. Photo by Kim Kenney via AB.

Atlanta Ballet Director John McFall’s Final Season

Atlanta Ballet Director John McFall will step down at the end of the 2015/2016 season after a 21-year tenure. The company's third leader since its founding in 1926, McFall truly shepherded the company into the new millennium. He opened the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, commissioned choreographic premieres by the likes of Twyla Tharp and Yuri Possokhov, brought in preeminent artists from Christopher Wheeldon to Ohad Naharin, fostered artistic collaborations with mainstream musicians, revitalized the company's Nutcracker and other classic favorites, organized international tours and bolstered box office revenue at home.

McFall, 68, plans to move to Amsterdam with his family following AB's 2015/2016 season. He fondly says, “au revoir, Atlanta Ballet is in my heart and always will be." The company has yet to announce a replacement, but it certainly has some big shoes to fill!

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