Ethan Stiefel to Leave
Royal New Zealand Ballet

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Ethan Stiefel’s Final ABT performance, July 7, 2012. Click for more photos.

After three years as Artistic Director of The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ethan Stiefel will leave the company in September and return to the U.S., according to the company’s website. Previous to assuming the position in New Zealand, Ethan was a Principal Dancer at ABT. From the press release:

‘Since 2011, I have enjoyed growing alongside the RNZB, and I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity to live and work in New Zealand.  Despite how rewarding the experience has been, it has proved difficult on a personal level to be so far away from family and friends. Furthermore, the distance has also made it challenging to explore other professional projects that have been presented to me, without taking too much time away from the company. For these reasons, I will be leaving the RNZB on September first. I cannot thank everyone in the organization enough for their support, and I look forward to seeing the company continue to evolve and achieve great things.’

HT: New York Times