GABE STONE SHAYER
GABE STONE SHAYER
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GABE STONE SHAYER

Corps de Ballet, American Ballet Theatre

Gabe Stone Shayer was born in Philadelphia. At age 11, be began his formal training with Alexei Boltov and Alexei and Natalia Cherov. At 13 he was offered the lead role in the world premiere ballet, Darfur as a guest principal with the Rebecca Davis Dance Company and toured the United States. At 14, Shayer began training full time as a scholarship student at The Rock School for Dance Education. In the 2009 YAGP International Finals, Shayer placed in the top twelve 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 scholarship offers including 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 where he was asked to join the graduating class of eight boys under the tutelage of Ilya Kuznetsov. Shayer also toured with the Academy and the Bolshoi Ballet in Italy and Greece. While in Russia, he performed for many dignitaries including the President of Slovakia and Dr. Joseph Biden on the Vice Presidential visit to Moscow. He joined the ABT Studio Company in September 2011, became an apprentice with the main Company in April 2012 and the corps de ballet in November 2012. His repertoire includes the Head Fakir in La Bayadère, the Jester and Napoleon in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Lankendem and Birbanto in Le Corsaire, the Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote, Harlequin, the Chinese Dance and the Russian Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Bluebird and Puss-in-Boots in The Sleeping Beauty, the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake, Eros and Pluto in Sylvia, Ariel in The Tempest, leading roles in The Brahms-Haydn Variations and Piano Concerto #1 and roles in After You, Bach Partita, Company B, Raymonda Divertissements and Sinfonietta.  He created a Fairy Cavalier in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty and a leading role in Serenade after Plato’s Symposium. Shayer received the Clive Barnes Award for Dance in 2016.