There's a warm and fuzzy feeling when dancers you've been following for years finally make it to the top. Of course, just making it into a company is a remarkable accomplishment and something to be proud of. But if there's one thing successful dancers have in common, it's that they never settle. And the corps is great until you're ready to be a soloist...and so on.
The lucky few who have recently been promoted to principal include Pennsylvania Ballet's Alexander Peters, New York City Ballet's Lauren Lovette and Anthony Huxley, The National Ballet of Canada's Elena Lobsanova and Naoya Ebe, and San Francisco Ballet's Dores André. New soloists include Ashly Isaacs at NYCB and several new first and second soloists at NBC.
Some of my favorite (coincidentally, all American) dancers are climbing the ranks at NBC: Skylar Campbell was promoted to first soloist and Emma Hawes and Kathryn Hosier (a 2014 Star of the Corps) were promoted to second soloist. It's especially gratifying to see dancers—like Alexander Peters and (April/May 2013 cover star) Lauren Lovette—succeed, since Pointe named them as stars very early on in their careers. Congratulations to all the promoted dancers—we can't wait to see you in new roles and opportunities!