New York Metropolis Ballet (NYCB) has introduced the promotion of three of the Firm’s soloists. Harrison Ball, Jovani Furlan and Peter Walker have all been promoted to principal dancer. The Firm not too long ago closed its 2022 Winter Season on February 27, and can return for a six-week spring season from April 19 to Could 29, on the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Middle.
Harrison Ball was born in Houston, Texas, and commenced his dance coaching on the age of 4 at The Charleston Ballet Theatre in South Carolina. Ball started learning on the College of American Ballet (SAB), the official college of NYCB, through the 2007 summer time course and enrolled as a full-time scholar that fall. In June 2011, he turned an apprentice with NYCB, and in July 2012, he joined the Firm as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to soloist in February 2017. His repertory at NYCB contains main roles in works by George Balanchine, Mauro Bigonzetti, William Forsythe, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Jamar Roberts, Troy Schumacher and Christopher Wheeldon. He has additionally originated featured roles in works by Sidra Bell, Robert Binet and Gianna Reisen. He was the 2013-14 Janice Levin Award honoree and a recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award in 2011.
Jovani Furlan was born in Joinville, Brazil, and began dancing on the age of 11 at The Bolshoi Theater College in Brazil. Furlan started his coaching on the Miami Metropolis Ballet College in 2011, and joined Miami Metropolis Ballet (MCB) in 2012. He was promoted to soloist there in 2015, and was named an MCB principal dancer in 2017. At MCB, his repertory of featured roles included works by George Balanchine, Richard Alston, John Cranko, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Liam Scarlett, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp and Christopher Wheeldon. He joined NYCB as a soloist in August 2019, and has since carried out featured roles in works by Balanchine, Robbins, Edwaard Liang, Martins, Ratmansky and Wheeldon. At NYCB, he has additionally originated featured roles works by Peck and Jamar Roberts.
Peter Walker is from Fort Myers, Florida, the place he started his early dance coaching on the Gulfshore Ballet. Walker started learning at SAB through the 2006 and 2007 summer time programs and enrolled as a full-time scholar within the winter of 2007. In spring 2011, Walker turned an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Firm as a member of the corps de ballet in fall 2012. He was promoted to soloist in October 2018. Since becoming a member of NYCB, Walker has carried out featured roles in works by George Balanchine, Mauro Bigonzetti, August Bournonville, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins and Christopher Wheeldon. He has additionally originated featured roles in works by Kyle Abraham, Sidra Bell, Edwaard Liang, Peck and Jamar Roberts. As a choreographer, his first work for the Firm, ten in seven, premiered at NYCB’s Fall 2016 Gala, and his second work, dance odyssey, premiered on the annual New Mixtures Night through the 2018 Winter Season. Walker was a recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Excellent Promise in 2011.
For full programming info for New York Metropolis Ballet’s 2021-22 repertory season go to nycballet.com.