Photo by Rosalie O'Connor


Soloist, American Ballet Theatre

Born in Mobile, Alabama, Blaine Hoven began his training at Mobile Ballet under the direction of Winthrop Corey and Ann Duke. During his high school years, he trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts with Melissa Hayden, Warren Conover, Fanchon Cordell, Nina Danilova and Susan McKee McCollough. Hoven received American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Scholarship from 1999 through 2002 and attended ABT’s Summer Intensive for five summers. Hoven joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2003 and the main Company as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2004. He was promoted to Soloist in August 2016.  His repertoire with the Company includes the Lead Mazurka/Czardas in Coppélia, Dorcon in Daphnis and Chloe, Bottom in The Dream, the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, the Standard Bearer in The Green TableKnown by Heart pas de deux, Des Grieux in Lady of the Camellias, Cassio in Othello, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, the Russian Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Lensky in Onegin, the Bluebird and a Fairy Cavalier in The Sleeping Beauty, Benno and the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake, Aminta and Jaseion in Sylvia, Caliban in The Tempest and roles in AirsBach Partita, Baker’s Dozen, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Brief Fling, C. to C. (Close to Chuck), Clear, Désir, In the Upper Room, Mozartiana, One of Three, Overgrown Path, Private Light, Raymonda Divertissements, Seven Sonatas, Sinfonietta, Thirteen Diversions and Troika. He created the Spanish Dance in Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, the Italian Prince in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, Don Zucchero in Whipped Cream and roles in AfterEffect, Citizen, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, From Here On Out, Glow – Stop, Her Notes, Pretty Good Year and Serenade after Plato’s Symposium. Hoven was a recipient of the 2008 Princess Grace Award as well as receiving a specially designated award, the Chris Hellman Dance Award, awarded to one recipient in the dance category each year. Mr. Hoven is also a member of the Cirio Collective.