Ethan Stiefel
American ballet dancer
Ethan Stiefel
Ethan Stiefel is the artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet and was the principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) from 1997 till July 2012. His fiance is Gillian Murphy, also a principal dancer with ABT.
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Amanda Schull Reflects On ‘Center Stage’ And Looks To The Future Of '12 Monkeys’
Huffington Post - 8 months
"Just dance the shit out of it," says the brassy jazz dance instructor in "Center Stage," the 2000-era teen drama that gave you unrealistic expectations about a career in the ballet.  And so Amanda Schull, aka Jody Sawyer, the plucky ingénue with "bad feet," did, delivering one of the most iconic performances of dance on screen in recent memory. Sixteen years later, Schull has traded in her pointe shoes for test tubes as the virologist Cassandra Railly on Syfy's "12 Monkeys," but "Center Stage" still looms large. "Every once and a while, I'll go into a restaurant or a store and 'Canned Heat' or Michael Jackson's 'The Way You Make Me Feel' will start playing," she told The Huffington Post. "I wonder if people are playing it for my benefit and sometimes I do break into some very understated [choreography]. It's kind of hard not to." As a 21-year-old aspiring dancer with a freshly signed apprenticeship with the San Francisco Ballet, Schull was pulled out of obscurity and put in ...
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Ethan Stiefel Makes a New Zealand Ballet Troupe His Own
NYTimes - about 3 years
Ethan Stiefel left the American Ballet Theater and much of his family to become the artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.     
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New 'Giselle' production a pas de deux between friends
LATimes - about 3 years
Dancers Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg channeled their detailed knowledge of 'Giselle' into a fresh production of the classic for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, making its U.S. premiere in L.A. NEW YORK — Between them, Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg have performed in dozens of "Giselle" productions over the years. Kobborg alone estimates he's danced in 25 versions of the beloved Romantic classic, created in 1841.
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Timothy Braun: Thanksgiving With the Blonde in the Brown Jacket
Huffington Post - over 4 years
If you find yourself awakened by an eccentric, foul-tempered neighbor called el Jefe in the hallway of an apartment building known for its vermin, with a thoroughly installed vodka hangover and reeking of pizza-flavored snack treats, be as pleasant as possible. Especially if you are seeking assistance in the forcible entry of your own apartment. Especially if it is Thanksgiving and you have a diamond ring in your jean pocket. The Blonde in the Brown Jacket, as I shall refer to her, looks like a movie star, a Saturday matinee gal, and is often mistaken for an Australian actress by both strangers and close acquaintances. Most would argue that a redneck like myself would be fortunate to gain the attention of a girl like the Blonde in the Brown Jacket, and I tend to agree, although my conformity with that opinion usually has to do with the hour of the day, the lunar cycle and the quantity of jubilations my liver is negotiating. Negotiation has become a crucial term for our r ...
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The Rock Star Of The Ballet World Says Goodbye
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW YORK -- There are often cheers and shouts of "Bravo!" in the New York ballet audience. But screams? As in, adoring fans at a rock concert? Not often. To some dance fans, though, Ethan Stiefel, the blond, athletic, longtime principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, fit the rock-star bill nicely over his long career. A natural for the classics, with a beautiful and pure line to his dancing, he was able to play a perfect Siegfried in "Swan Lake" and then leap effortlessly into some edgier Twyla Tharp. (And yes, he also played the dishy Cooper Neilson in the silly-but-fun 2000 dance movie "Center Stage.") So there were indeed genuine screams from high up in the rafters on closing night of ABT's spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House this past weekend. Stiefel, now 39, was saying farewell to ABT with a final performance as Ali the Slave in the campy "Le Corsaire," a 19th-century ballet full of slave girls and pirates and a pasha with a big belly. And d ...
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Dance Review: Ethan Stiefel’s Farewell to Ballet Theater at the Met
NYTimes - over 4 years
Ethan Stiefel, who joined American Ballet Theater in 1997 as a principal dancer, gave his farewell performance for the company in “Le Corsaire” at the Metropolitan Opera House on Saturday night.
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Dance Review: Ethan Stiefel’s Farewell to Ballet Theater at the Met
NYTimes - over 4 years
Ethan Stiefel, who joined American Ballet Theater in 1997 as a principal dancer, gave his farewell performance for the company in “Le Corsaire” at the Metropolitan Opera House on Saturday night.
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Dance: Angel Corella and Ethan Stiefel Move on From Ballet Theater
NYTimes - over 4 years
Angel Corella and Ethan Stiefel move on from American Ballet Theater to lead their own dance troupes.
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Ethan Stiefel On The 'Ruggedness' Of Royal New Zealand Ballet
Arts Journal - about 5 years
"Being on the road a lot, going across the country every two years to so many different places makes us unique in that there is a real kind of rugged quality - and I mean that in the best possible sense. ... [My] dancers here deliver first-class performances in sometimes less-than-ideal conditions, and that's something that makes me proud."...
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Ethan Stiefel To Retire From Dancing
Arts Journal - about 5 years
A principal with American Ballet Theater since 1997, and one of the company's stars, Stiefel will give his last performance this July during the company's New York summer season. Last year Stiefel began work as artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet....
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Adventure Beyond The South Pole
NYTimes - over 5 years
ON a stormy summer afternoon Ethan Stiefel sat in a noisy Mexican restaurant a few blocks south of Lincoln Center wearing a T-shirt with the words ''Wisconsin. We conserve.'' The world of this American Ballet Theater star is about to turn upside down when he becomes the artistic director of Royal New Zealand Ballet next month. But for now Mr.
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Adventure Beyond the South Pole - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Gillian Murphy and Ethan Stiefel, at home with their Abyssinian cat, Selah. They'll both be working in New Zealand. By GIA KOURLAS ON a stormy summer afternoon Ethan Stiefel sat in a noisy Mexican restaurant a few blocks south of Lincoln Center wearing
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RNZB wins reviewers' hearts in the UK - Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Many noted that when Ethan Stiefel takes over as Artistic Director in September he will find “a polished and versatile company.” (The Sunday Times) “The company is riding an all-time high, the tour was an absolute triumph,” General Manager Amanda Skoog
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Zee Studio Hollywoods Best showcases 'Centre Stage' - afaqs!
Google News - over 5 years
Center Stage is an American drama film, directed by Nicholas Hytner, which stars Amanda Schull, Ethan Stiefel and Sascha Radetsky. The film explores the issues and difficulties in the world of professional dance, and how each individual copes with the
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Injuries and Triumphs Color a Ballet Season
NYTimes - over 5 years
History often happens during American Ballet Theater's eight-week spring season, principally because of its stars. This season, which ended Saturday, was distinguished by three guest artists in particular: Alina Cojocaru (from the Royal Ballet of London) in three roles, with her enchanting radiance and heart-catching fragility, and Natalia Osipova
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Ethan Stiefel: New Zealand state of mind - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Ethan Stiefel is a giant of US ballet. He tells Judith Mackrell why he's leaving the bustling Big Apple for a place with 4m people and 70m sheep 'We're seeing it as an adventure' . . . Ethan Stiefel with Gillian Murphy in ABT's Don Quixote
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The Sleeping Beauty to open after three years' prep, with exclusive Tamsin ... - Lucire
Google News - over 5 years
Harris's successor, Ethan Stiefel, begins his role on September 1. To complement the new production, designer Tamsin Cooper will release an exclusive merchandise collection. The range reflects the soft, dream-like colours and lustrous fabrics that will
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ethan Stiefel
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 41
    In March 2014, Stiefel announced that he would not extend his contract with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and would return to the United States.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, he starred in the film Center Stage, directed by Nicholas Hytner with original choreography by Susan Stroman and featuring Amanda Schull. He also starred in the sequels Center Stage: Turn It Up and Center Stage: On Pointe. Center Stage features a subplot in which Stiefel's character garners the financial support of a flirtatious female philanthropist (played by Elizabeth Hubbard). A New York Times article entitled "How Much Is That Dancer in the Program?" revealed that Stiefel has a similar real-life sponsorship relationship with wealthy philanthropist Anka Palitz.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2012
    Age 39
    He gave his final performance as an ABT principal dancer on July 7, 2012, at the Metropolitan Opera House, as Ali the slave in Le Corsaire.
    More Details Hide Details He is widely considered right now to be currently "the greatest male ballet dancer in the world or "the most advanced male ballet dancer in the world".
  • 2011
    Age 38
    He took up that position in September 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Stiefel expanded the international profile of the company, programmed new works, created a one-act ballet Bierhalle, and choreographed a production of Giselle.
    He proposed to Murphy, his longtime girlfriend, in May 2011, after they performed in ABT's spring gala. They were married in September 2015.
    More Details Hide Details They have an Abyssinian cat called Selah.
    He was the artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet from 2011 to 2014.
    More Details Hide Details His wife is Gillian Murphy, also a principal dancer with ABT. He is the only son of a Lutheran minister who became a prison warden in New York; their last name is pronounced "Stee-fell" and is German for "boot." Stiefel began ballet training in Madison, Wisconsin at the Monona Academy of Dance at age eight. He became involved with classical dance through his older sister, who was taking a class. Before that, both he and his sister took gymnastics classes. His first ballet teacher, Jo Jean Retrum, was interested in getting Ethan to take class because boys in ballet are a rarity. He studied for two years at the Milwaukee Ballet School under Ted Kivitt and Paul Sutherland, and at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet before moving to New York City to attend the School of American Ballet on scholarship.
  • 2010
    Age 37
    In 2010 he appeared as himself in season 4, episode 8 of Gossip Girl with Murphy.
    More Details Hide Details He is an avid motorcyclist. He grew up riding dirt bikes, currently owns a Harley-Davidson Wide Glide and once drove 5600 kilometres across the north-eastern US with Gillian Murphy riding pillion. He is also a Green Bay Packers fan.
  • 2007
    Age 34
    In 2007, Stiefel appeared in an episode of Queer Eye to meet a "straight guy" who considers Stiefel his "idol."
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    In 2007 he appeared in the movie, Born to Be Wild - The Leading Men of American Ballet Theatre with Angel Corella, Jose Manuel Carreno and Vladimir Malakhov directed by Judy Kinberg.
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    In 2007, Stiefel made his debut with the Australian Ballet in Nureyev's staging of Don Quixote, for its Melbourne and Sydney seasons, in the role of Basilio.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, Stiefel was a recipient of the Dance Magazine Award along with Pina Bausch, Sylvia Walters, and Lawrence Rhodes for his role as a leader in the dance field. Stiefel has appeared as a guest artist with many companies throughout his career including the Mariinsky Ballet, the Royal Ballet, the Australian Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Munich Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, New National Ballet in Tokyo, and Teatro Colón Ballet in Buenos Aires.
  • 2005
    Age 32
    In late 2005, Ballet Pacifica, based in Irvine, California, named him as its artistic director with the aim to relaunch itself as a higher-profile ballet company. However, after the company failed to raise the funds necessary to support their new vision, its executive director resigned followed by Stiefel himself in April 2006.
    More Details Hide Details He was formerly the dean of the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem where he also choreographed a new production of The Nutcracker. In November 2010 Stiefel was announced as the next director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
  • 2004
    Age 31
    In 2004, he created a four-week workshop, Stiefel & Students, for aspiring dancers where dance students train and perform with professional ballet dancers.
    More Details Hide Details It is held annually on Martha's Vineyard in the month of August. The program accepts students aged 12 to 18. Its rollcall of star guest teachers include Stiefel, Johan Kobborg, Amanda McKerrow, Elizabeth Parkinson, Scott Wise, Marcelo Gomes, John Gardner, Gary Chryst, Ann Reinking, and Alina Cojocaru. The program has been on hiatus since 2008.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 24
    He ended his tenure with NYCB in April 1997 when he joined ABT as a principal dancer, from which he retired in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He danced with the short-lived Mikhail Baryshnikov School of Classical Ballet at ABT. His dance repertoire includes many key romantic roles in both classical and contemporary ballet. He won a silver medal at the Prix de Lausanne in 1989 and also received a Princess Grace Foundation-USA grant in 1991. In 1998, Stiefel was nominated for the Benois de la Danse award as one of the rising stars in ballet.
  • 1995
    Age 22
    By 1995, he was a principal dancer with the company.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1992
    Age 19
    In 1992, he took a leave of absence to perform with the Zürich Ballet, under directorship of Bernd R. Bienert, but returned to NYCB a year later as a soloist.
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  • 1989
    Age 16
    He started his dancing career in 1989, when he joined the corps de ballet of New York City Ballet at age 16.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Age 0
    Born on February 13, 1973.
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