Gabe Stone Shayer

ABT Studio Company (2011-2012)
American Ballet Theatre: Corps de Ballet (2012-2020), Soloist (2020-present)

Gabe Stone Shayer was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1993. He began his formal training at 11 with Alexei Boltov and Natalia Cherov in Philadelphia. At 13 he was offered the lead role in the world premiere of a modern ballet, Darfur, as a guest principal with the Rebecca Davis Dance Company, which subsequently toured the United States.

At 14, Shayer began training full time as a scholarship student at The Rock School for Dance Education where he performed many classical and contemporary variations, pas de deux and ensembles. He danced numerous Nutcracker roles including the Cavalier.

At the 2009 Youth America Grand Prix International Finals, Shayer, at 15, placed in the top 12 for his pas de deux in the Senior Category. The same year he attended the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Program in Moscow and won First Place for Best Male Dancer.

At the 2010 YAGP semi-finals, Shayer won the Grand Prix Award and was a finalist in the New York International Competition. He received numerous scholarships, most notably to the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany and the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. In 2010, at the USAIBC in Jackson, Mississippi, he proceeded to the final round.

He continued his studies at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow under the tutelage of Ilya Kuznetsov. Shayer is the first African American male to graduate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in its nearly 250-year history.

Shayer also toured with the Academy and the Bolshoi Ballet in Italy and Greece, performing in La Fille mal gardée and The Nutcracker. While in Russia, he performed for many dignitaries, including the President of Slovakia and Dr. Joseph Biden on the Vice Presidential visit to Moscow.

In 2011, Shayer performed as a soloist in Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony in Proteges III at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He joined ABT Studio Company in September 2011, the main company as an apprentice in April 2012 and the corps de ballet in November 2012. He was promoted to soloist in September 2020.

His repertoire with the company includes the Bronze Idol and Head Fakir in La Bayadère; Jester and Napoleon in Cinderella; Lankendem and Birbanto in Le Corsaire; the Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote; the peasant pas de deux in Giselle; Harlequin in Harlequinade; Harlequin, the Chinese Dance, and the Russian Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker; Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet; The Faun and a Satyr in The Seasons; Bluebird and Puss-in-Boots in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty; Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake; Eros and Pluto in Sylvia; Ariel in The Tempest, The Boy in Whipped Cream. He has performed leading roles in AFTERITE, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Her Notes, Piano Concerto #1, and Songs of Bukovina and featured roles in After You, Bach Partita, Company B, Raymonda Divertissements, and Sinfonietta.

Shayer created a Fairy Cavalier in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, a leading role in Serenade after Plato’s Symposium and a featured role in A Time There Was.

In 2016, Shayer received the Clive Barnes Award for Dance.

Mr. Shayer’s performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Irene Fuchsberg Minkoff.


Gabe Stone Shayer, American Ballet Theatre

See also:

Rising Star Gabe Stone Shayer on Breaking Stereotypes as a Black Male Ballet Dancer, Philadelphia Magazine
How I Deal with Racist Remarks as a Ballet Dancer of Color, Dance Magazine
Catching Up: Gabe Stone Shayer, Philadelphia Weekly
Ballet dancer Gabe Stone Shayer stays on his toes in new NYC role, The Philadelphia Tribune
Meet The Dancer Behind Chanel And The American Ballet Theatre’s New Docuseries, Vogue
Gabe Stone Shayer, American Ballet Theatre Soloist, Conversations on Dance
American Ballet Theatre, Soloist, Gabe Stone Shayer on dancing with Misty Copeland & launching Creative Genesis to give dancers work during lockdown, The Wonderful World of Dance
This ABT Dancer Isn’t Afraid to Fall on His Face, Dance Magazine

Video links:

PAS DE DEUX | Gabe Stone Shayer and Alicia Keys
#AskABT: Gabe Stone Shayer and Cassandra Trenary
Gabe Stone Shayer (ABT): Contemporary Variation, YAGP 2009 (Age 15)
Anaheim Ballet Special Guest: Gabe Stone Shayer
The Black Creative – Gabe Stone Shayer
A profile of the first black dance to graduate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Social media:

Instagram @gabestoneshayer

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