After hanging up his ballet shoes in May, Ian Hussey, a former Principal Dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet, has been appointed Ballet Master for American Repertory Ballet’s 2019-2020 season.
Mr. Hussey returns to Philadelphia this week in his new capacity when ARB presents Kirk Peterson’s Beauty and the Beast at the Mandell Theater at Drexel University on Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.
“We’re thrilled to have Ian join us,” says Julie Diana Hench, ARB Executive Director. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, plus a keen eye for detail and a wonderful sense of humor. The thoughtful approach that he took to his own dancing has carried over into his coaching style, and the dancers just love working with him.”
Mr. Hussey began his ballet instruction at age nine with the Rock School for Dance Education and continued his training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. He joined Pennsylvania Ballet as a member of PBII. After becoming an apprentice, he was promoted to the corps de ballet for the 2007-2008 season. In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of soloist and then to principal dancer for the 2012-2013 season. Mr. Hussey has appeared in both classical roles and contemporary works by distinguished choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Christopher Wheeldon, and George Balanchine. He has created leading roles in ballets for such renowned choreographers as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Jorma Elo, Trey McIntyre, and Matthew Neenan. In May 2014, Ian was featured in Margo Sappington’s Under the Sun Pas de Deux during the PBS nationwide broadcast of Pennsylvania Ballet at 50. Mr. Hussey retired from the Pennsylvania Ballet after a distinguished 15-year career in May 2019.
“After the necessary time away, I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to be a mentor and resource to these extraordinary artists imparting some sliver of wisdom I have gained over the years,” says Mr. Hussey. “I can’t wait to sit back and watch these dancers, who I have grown to care so much for, share their gifts with us, the lucky audience.”
Don’t miss Beauty and the Beast at the Mandell Theater at Drexel University on Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at $25 and $35 are available by visiting arballet.org.
About American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School
American Repertory Ballet’s mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. The organization comprises: the preeminent professional classical and contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and ARB’s Access & Enrichment initiatives, including the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program. To learn more, visit arballet.org.