Of course, the audience didn't want to let him go—even after the flowers, the parade of choreographers who've worked with him, the women dancers he's partnered entering one by one to hug him, the drum roll, and the rain of confetti. When he wasn't bowing or embracing, he simply stood there—his body easily erect, his arms spread wide. You could imagine that he wasn't just opening himself gratefully to our applause, but accepting whatever lay ahead. This summer, for the second year, he'll direct the Vail International Dance Festival. Having earned a Master's degree in Public Administration at Harvard, he's not only ready for new roles; he's prepared. Saying he'll be missed onstage is putting it mildly.

Woetzel in Balanchine's Prodigal Son
Woetzel in Balanchine's Prodigal Son


New York City Ballet
New York State Theater
April 29 through June 29

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