Bolshoi Ballet dancer David Hallberg
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David Hallberg, Bolshoi Ballet dancer

Bolshoi Ballet dancer David Hallberg
South Dakota-born David Hallberg is the first American member of the legendary 235-year-old Bolshoi Ballet. (Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times)
Bolshoi Ballet dancer David Hallberg
David Hallberg, shown in front of the Bolshoi Theater in downtown Moscow, says he hopes to explore the city soon and make it feel like home. (Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times)
Bolshoi Ballet dancer David Hallberg
The Kings of the Dance performers, from left: Marcelo Gomes of the American Ballet Theatre, Denis Matvienko of the Mariinsky Ballet, David Hallberg of the Bolshoi Ballet, Guillaume Côté of the National Ballet of Canada and Ivan Vasiliev of the Bolshoi Ballet in “Jazzy Five” by Mauro and Federico Bigonzetti. (Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times)
Bolshoi Ballet dancer David Hallberg
David Hallberg in Nacho Duato’s “Kaburias,” part of the Kings of the Dance tour that recently premiered in Moscow. (Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times)
Bolshoi Ballet dancer David Hallberg
David Hallberg, the Bolshoi’s newest dancer, will remain at the American Ballet Theatre. (Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times)
Bolshoi Ballet dancer David Hallberg
David Hallberg in “KO’d” by Marcelo Gomes and Guillaume Côté at the Kings of the Dance show in Moscow. (Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times)
Bolshoi Ballet dancer David Hallberg
The Kings of the Dance tour is a showcase of some of the top male dancers in the world and includes stops in St. Petersburg, Russia; Riga, Latvia; Novosibirsk, Russia; Kiev, Ukraine; the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa (Oct. 21-23); and next year, in New York.  (Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times)
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