- New York City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan, who will retire in October, joined the faculty of NYC’s Ballet Academy East last summer. Whelan, who will tour her Restless Creature duet-driven concert through the rest of this year and into the next, teaches as part of BAE’s pre-professional division. She joins other NYCB alumni, such as artistic director Darla Hoover, pre-professional division faculty Peter Frame and guest faculty Stacy Caddell and Charles Askegard.
- NYCB soloist (and Dance Magazine September cover) Justin Peck has been named the company’s resident choreographer. In this role, the 27-year-old Peck will create two premieres for NYCB each year, while continuing to dance with the company. He has created six works for NYCB over the last two years, and his latest ballet premiered last night in the company’s September fall season gala. Peck is only the second choreographer in residence in City Ballet’s history–Christopher Wheeldon served from 2001 to 2008.
- Former American Ballet Theatre principal Ángel Corella is the new artistic director of Pennsylvania Ballet. He has spent the last six years as director of his own company, Barcelona Ballet (previously Corella Ballet Castilla y León), in Spain. Corella replaces Roy Kaiser, who served as artistic director for 19 years.
Photos from top: by Paul Kolnik, courtesy of NYCB; by David Michalek, courtesy of Ballet Academy East