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Three American Ballet Theatre principals plan retirements

By Gia Kourlas

Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent and Xiomara Reyes have announced their final performances at American Ballet Theatre. "With them," says artistic director, Kevin McKenzie, "an era of our history resides." The farewells coincide with ABT's 75th anniversary, which will include a PBS American Masters documentary by Ric Burns, a new full-length production of The Sleeping Beauty by Alexei Ratmansky—Richard Hudson's scenery and costumes are based on Léon Bakst's for Diaghilev's Beauty—as well as new ballets by Liam Scarlett (this fall) and Mark Morris (fall of 2015). Clearly, we have a busy year again, so mark your calenders accordingly: Herrera performs her last Princess Aurora in Ratmansky's Beauty on June 9; Kent hangs up her pointe shoes as Juliet on June 20; and Reyes dances her final Giselle on May 27.

In honor of such bittersweet news, it might be a good time to revisit this interview with the beautiful Kent, one of the company's finest dramatic ballerinas. It's no stretch to say that she will be missed the most of all.

Here, Reyes, a product of Cuba’s National Ballet School, shows off her dazzling piqué turns:

And Herrera, born in Buenos Aire, Argentina, has been an ABT principal since 1995. Here is a flash from the past: She dances with Angel Corella in Don Quixote:

And Kent performs Swan Lake:


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