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Facts and figures January 13, 2013

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After an interesting comment on the previous post by reader Atlantic, I decided to look at various companies’ websites and count the dancers and their levels.  Most of the companies listed have strong international reputations, but I have not listed them in any particular order, nor is this list intended to be all-inclusive.  Please note I have excluded character artists, “under contract” dancers and apprentices.  I have also combined soloist levels at companies that have more than one such level (i.e., Soloist, First Soloist, Leading Soloist).  The reason I have combined soloist levels is that I have observed that such designations are, in practice, almost meaningless in most companies.  A few companies had levels for dancers that I could not make sense of, so I listed those as they were listed on the company’s site.

ABT
Corps – 65
Soloists12
Principals – 17 (at least 4 are guest artists)
94 dancers overall

NYCB
Corps – 52
Soloists – 9
Principals – 24
76 dancers overall

Joffrey Ballet
No official hierarchy
45 dancers 

San Francisco Ballet
Corps -35
Soloists – 14
Principals – 19
68 dancers overall

Royal Ballet
“Artists” (corps) – 21
“First Artists” (coryphees?) – 21
Soloists (2 levels) – 21
Principals – 21 (several guest artists)
84 dancers overall

Staatsballett Berlin
Corps – 41
Coryphees – 17
Soloists – 11
Principals – 12
81 dancers overall

Bolshoi Ballet
Corps – 154
Soloists (3 levels) – 38
Principals – 18 (some guest artists)
200 dancers overall

Maryinsky Ballet
Corps – 106
Coryphees – 26
Soloists (2 levels) – 32
Principals – 13
177 dancers overall

Mikhailovsky Ballet
Corps – 87
Coryphees – 21
Soloists (2 levels) – 21
Principals – 10 (2 guest artists)
139 dancers overall

Paris Opera Ballet
Quadrilles (Corps) – 47
Coryphees – 36
Sujets (Soloists) – 39
Premiers Danseurs (1st soloists? junior principals?) – 14
Etoiles (Principals) – 18
154 dancers overall

La Scala Ballet
Corps – 47
Soloists – 13
Principals – 12 (4 guest artists)
72 dancers overall

Dutch National Ballet
Corps – 25
Coryphees – 12
Soloists (2 levels) – 21
Principals – 11
69 dancers overall

Stuttgart Ballet
Corps – 28
Demi-Soloists – 9
Soloists – 7
Principals – 14
58 dancers overall

National Ballet of Canada
Corps – 31
Soloists (2 levels) – 19
Principals – 9
59 dancers overall

Australian Ballet
Corps – 29
Coryphees – 13
Soloists – 12
“Senior Artists” – 6
Principals – 12
72 dancers overall

English National Ballet
Corps – 30
“First Artists” (coryphees?) – 6
Soloists (3 levels) – 20
Principals (2 levels) – 10
66 dancers overall

Bejart Ballet
No official hierarchy
37 dancers 

Royal Danish Ballet
Corps – 50
Soloists – 14
Principals – 13
77 dancers overall

Universal Ballet (Korea)
Corps – 40
Demi-Soloists – 6
Soloists (2 levels) – 8
Principals – 8 (1 guest artist)
62 dancers overall

National Ballet of China
Very frustrating trying to navigate their site; could not ascertain the number of dancers

Asami Maki Ballet (Japan)
102 dancers overall; 35 portraits on site so I’m assuming these are soloists and principals

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2 Responses to “Facts and figures”

  1. atlantic Says:

    Wow, the Bolshoi and Mariisnky are enormous. And I guess NYCB is really downsizing. I thought they were close to 100, but I hear they have high turn over (apparently not for principals, but for the corps).

    I wonder if ABT doesn’t hire home-grown talent because they aren’t good enough or they think foreign stars drive more ticket sales? I know they have their new academy, so perhaps it will increase over time.

    • theworstat Says:

      I was surprised at how comparatively small NYCB was as well…and the Joffrey, but not having a large classical repertoire, I suppose they don’t need so many dancers. I hadn’t heard about NYCB’s high corps turnover, but somehow that doesn’t surprise me.

      On the subject of ABT’s hiring practices, you’ve just given me an idea for yet another post!


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