ALLEN NEW PRINCIPAL WITH DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET
The American dancer Constantine Allen will join Dutch National Ballet as a principal in August 2018. Allen, who is now a principal with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, made his debut with Dutch National Ballet last February, as a guest artist in Don Quichot in the role of Basilio.
Ted Brandsen, director of Dutch National Ballet:
“Constantine is a fine, tall and charismatic dancer with great versatility. He is daring and has enormous stage presence, and it is a real pleasure to work with him. All these qualities mean that he will be a good addition to the principals we already have at Dutch National Ballet. I look forward to his arrival”.
“I am very happy to be joining the Dutch National Ballet this coming season. I feel very encouraged to learn here and to take care of our craft. I’m excited to take advantage of this opportunity and hope to share what I can as well.”
“Tall and lean, with a floaty technique and elegance.” - Dance Magazine
“Constantine Allen, who showed lithe grace, great technique and personality to boot. (…) Wonderful.” - Bachtrack
Constantine Allen – biography
Constantine Allen was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He soon moved to Hawaii before his first birthday and started his dancing at age 5. He studied at Pacific Ballet Academy and Ballet Hawaii as he grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2007 at the Youth American Grand Prix competition, he was awarded the bronze medal at the New York finals in the junior category and also received a full scholarship to the Kirov Ballet Academy. He studied at the Kirov Academy with Vladimir Djoulouhadze and Anatoli Kucheruk between 2007 and 2010. At the New York finals in 2008 he was awarded the bronze medal in the junior category. In 2010 he went to John Cranko Schule and studied with Peter Pestov and Tadeusz Matacz. In 2011 he participated in the Tanzolymp Competition in Berlin, Germany and was awarded the Grand Prix. Soon after graduating he joined the Stuttgart Ballet company in 2012 as a member of the Corp de Ballet. Six months later he was promoted to Demi Soloist. In 2014 he was promoted to Principal Dancer. In the season of 2017/18 he joined Les Grands Ballets des Canadiens.
Photo: Constantine Allen as a guest artist in Don Quichot - credits Marc Haegeman