Five ballet corps members poised to become stars
These corps members from the city's dueling ballet companies are likely to be tomorrow's breakout leads. Catch them on the rise this season.
Mon Feb 21 2011
Photograph: Paul Kolnik
New York City Ballet, joined: 2007
Huxley, born in Walnut Creek, California, has demonstrated a winning grace under pressure in roles that exceed his rank—there have been a few, from the noble Cavalier in The Nutcracker to the fleet-footed soloist in the Gigue in Mozartiana. He's not a show-off—he's superb.
New York City Ballet, joined: 2009
For a company that doesn't need princes—New York City Ballet is still, mercifully, less about the story ballet than scintillating choreography—Chase Finlay is something of a prince in body, face and spirit. A promotion for Finlay, who has been seriously racking up principal parts, must be around the bend.
New York City Ballet, joined: 2010
No matter the ballet, it's difficult not to be distracted by Lauren Lovette, a vivacious, dark-haired beauty whose brilliance was apparent even when she was a baby ballerina at the School of American Ballet. She's shown great flair and sophistication in the choreography of Balanchine, Robbins and Wheeldon.
American Ballet Theatre, joined: as apprentice in 2006, promoted in 2007
Leann Underwood's beauty is a remarkable thing, but her lissome dancing stands on its own; she's performed a slew of demisoloist parts as well as a turn as the lead in Twyla Tharp's challenging Brahms/Haydn Variations with an enticing blend of grace and aplomb.
American Ballet Theatre, joined: apprentice in 2009, promoted in 2010
A sparkling virtuoso, Gorak was last seen in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music performing Chinese in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker; in March, he will compete for the Erik Bruhn Prize—other male dancers at ABT who've been chosen for the honor of representing the company include David Hallberg and Cory Stearns (who won).