Hee Seo, Principal Dancer for the American Ballet Theater. She is the first Korean ballerina to be promoted to principal in the ABT’s history, is among their youngest to be promoted (at 26), and is one of only a few principals to have worked their way up from the ABT Studio Company.
“Even if I rehearsed for two years I wouldn’t feel like it was enough time. It’s scary. And I ask to other dancers, ‘Does it get any better?’ And they say no. I never just feel one feeling: It’s happy, it’s sad, it’s all mixed together… Your life changes after you get promoted. Everyone sees you differently, you have your own dressing room, your paycheck is bigger, you’re doing more interviews. In a way, everybody serves you. But that’s not who I am. That’s just my position. I have to make myself a principal… I learned how to be a professional at ABT, which makes this place special to me. I like our studio. I like to warm up with my friends and our pianist. Rough day, I come here, I feel calm. I feel at home.”
Dance Magazine and Wiki, Photo via NYC Dance Project