New York City Ballet has announced that Chase Finlay and Anthony Huxley have been promoted to Soloist.
Peter Martins, NYCB’s Ballet Master in Chief, made the promotions at the end of the Company’s annual summer residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, NY in July.
He began his dance training at the age of eight at Ballet Academy East in New York, NY. He went on to study at the School of American Ballet, the official
school of New York City Ballet, during the summer of 2007 and later enrolled as a full-time student. Finlay became an apprentice with NYCB in September 2008 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in September 2009.
Since joining NYCB, Finlay has performed featured roles in George Balanchine’s Apollo, Divertimento No. 15, Duo Concertant, George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM (Cavalier and Hot Chocolate); Jerome Robbins’ 2 & 3 Part Inventions, Glass Pieces, Interplay, and West Side Story Suite; Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries, Mirage (original cast), The Sleeping Beauty (Gold), and Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre); Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia; Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels; and Sean Lavery’s Romeo and Juliet. Finlay is a recipient of the first Clive Barnes Award for dance in 2010.
Anthony Huxley was born in Walnut Creek, California. He began studying at the School of American Ballet in the summers of 2002 and 2003, enrolling as a full time student from 2003-2006. Mr. Huxley also studied at San Francisco Ballet School and the Contra Costa Ballet School. In October 2006, Mr. Huxley became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in July 2007.
Since joining New York City Ballet, Huxley has performed featured roles in George Balanchine’s Mozartiana, George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM (Cavalier, Soldier), Square Dance, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and Symphony in Three Movements; Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries, Mirage (original cast), The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird), and Swan Lake (Benno, Neopolitan, Spanish); Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, and The Four Seasons (Winter). Huxley is a recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award and the 2011 recipient of the Janice Levin Dancer Award.
New York City Ballet will open its 2011-2012 season at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, September 13, with the return of Peter Martins’ full-length production of Swan Lake. The season will feature four weeks of performances in the fall, September 13 through October 9, 2011; five weeks of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, November 30 through December 31, 2011; six weeks of performances in the winter, January 17 through February 26, 2012; and six weeks of performances in the spring, May 1 through June 10, 2012.
Top photo: Chase Finlay in George Balanchine’s Apollo.
All photos by Paul Kolnik