Dance Festival: Craig Hall

Soloist Dancer
New York City Ballet

hallwebCraig Hall was born in Maywood, Illinois. He began his dance training at the age of four at Stairway of the Stars with Lois Baumann. At age 14, he began studying with Anna Paskevska at the Chicago Academy of the Arts. He also studied at the Ruth Page Dance Foundation with Larry Long. Mr. Hall entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full time in the fall of 1997. While a student at the School of American Ballet, he originated a featured role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Scènes De Ballet, which premiered during New York City Ballet’s 1999 spring season.

In October 1999, Mr. Hall became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in February 2000 and in May 2007, was promoted to soloist.

Mr. Hall has won several awards including a second round scholarship from the National Foundation for the Advancement in Arts, the Nureyev scholarship, and the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise. Mr. Hall’s film work includes Columbia Pictures’ feature film Center Stage and the film NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ, a scripted adaptation of the Jerome Robbins ballet of the same name, which aired on PBS and won an Audience Award at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival. Since joining the Company he has been featured works by George Balanchine including: Agon, Apollo, CortĂ©ge Hongronis, Episodes, The Four Temperaments, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, Serenade, La Sonnambula and Western Symphony; Peter Martins’ Ecstatic Orange, Reliquary, Romeo + Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake; Angelin Preljocaj’s La Stravaganza; Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, The Cage, Fanfare and Glass Pieces and Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, DGV: Danse á Grande Vitesse and Liturgy. He has originated roles in works by Mario Bigonzetti, Juri Bubenicek, Eliot Feld, Jorma Elo, Robert La Fosse, Douglas Lee, Peter Martins, Benjamin Millepied among others.