Photo by Henry Leutwyler

Photo by Henry Leutwyler

CRAIG HALL

Craig was born in Maywood, Illinois. He began his dance training at the age of four at Stairway of the Stars with Lois Baumann & Heidi Renteria. At age 14, he began studying with Anna Paskevska, Randy Duncan, Winifred Haun, and Claire Bataille at the Chicago Academy of the Arts. He also studied at the Ruth Page Dance Foundation with Larry Long. Craig entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full time in the fall of 1997. While a student at the School of American Ballet, he originated a featured role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Scènes de Ballet, which premiered during New York City Ballet’s 1999 spring season. In October 1999, Craig became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in February 2000.

In May 2007, Craig was promoted to soloist. Since joining NYCB, he has danced featured roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Episodes, The Four Temperaments, The Nutcracker (Tea, Candy Cane), Serenade, La Sonnambula, Western Symphony; Angelin Preljocaj’s La Stravaganza; Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, The Cage, Fanfare, Glass Pieces; Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, Liturgy. Roles were also created on him by Mario Bigonzetti, Jiri Bubenicek, Eliot Feld, Jorma Elo, Robert La Fosse, Douglas Lee, Peter Martins, Wayne McGregor, Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett.

Craig is currently NYCB balletmaster and assistant to world renowned New York City Ballet Resident-Choreographer Justin Peck. He’s also a guest teacher at Manhattan Movements Arts Center, coach, and has given master classes and seminars across the U.S.

His film work includes Columbia Pictures’ feature film Center Stage and the film NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ, a scripted adaptation of the Jerome Robbins ballet of the same name, which aired on PBS and won an Audience Award at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival. He was also featured in the first season of the AOL web series city.ballet presented by Sarah Jessica Parker.