Sydney Dolan Promoted to Principal Dancer at Philadelphia Ballet

The announcement comes with several other promotions at the company.

By: May. 20, 2024
Sydney Dolan Promoted to Principal Dancer at Philadelphia Ballet
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Philadelphia Ballet concluded its 2023/2024 performance season on a celebratory note by announcing a series of company promotions. Most notably, the announcement that, First Soloist Sydney Dolan, is advancing to Principal Dancer, the highest rank in the company. Angel Corella, The Ruth and A. Morris Williams, Jr. Artistic Director, announced Dolan's promotion in front of a live audience during the Friday evening performance of The Dream.

Dolan, who has been with Philadelphia Ballet since 2016, has steadily been promoted since beginning as a member of Philadelphia Ballet II and joining the Company as an apprentice in 2017. She quickly advanced to the corps de ballet for the 2018/2019 Season and was promoted to soloist during the 2019/2020 Season.

In 2018, Sydney received a prestigious ballet fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation – USA, which supported her salary for the season and support her future artistic endeavors.

"Sydney Dolan possesses a once-in-a-generation talent. From our first meeting when she was 13, her passion and determination for her craft were unmistakable,” said Angel Corella. “Her mastery of pure classical technique and remarkable ability to inhabit any role makes her a singularly powerful and versatile artist. Promoting her to Principal Dancer is the natural next step. It has been a joy to watch her grow." 

Dolan has performed featured roles in Angel Corella's Swan Lake (Pas de Trois), The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy), Don Quixote (Mercedes, Queen of Dryads, Flower Girl), and La Bayadère (Gamzatti, Shades Pas de Trois); George Balanchine's The Nutcracker (Dew Drop, The Sugarplum Fairy); and Rubies (Tall Girl).

In addition to Dolan, Philadelphia Ballet announced several well-deserved promotions from across the company that reflect the dedication, talent and hard work of the dancers and their continued commitment to excellence. These promotions include: 

Promotions to First Soloist:

Pau Pujol

So Jung Shin, The Sarah and Brad Marshall First Soloist

Promotions to Soloist:

Jacqueline Callahan, The Lisa and Audrey Bell Soloist

Lucia Erickson

Isaac Hollis

Nicholas Patterson, The Lawrence and Rita Salva Soloist

Promotions to Demi Soloist:

Yuval Cohen

Mine Kusano, The Finsen Family Demi Soloist

Promotions to Corps de Ballet:

Giovanna Assis Genovez

Jorge Garcia Alonso

Charlotte Erickson

Ashley Lewis, The Arthur M. Kaplan and R. Duane Perry Apprentice

Gabriele Lukasik

Juan Montobbio Maestre

Promotions to Apprentice:

Katie Cerny

Natalie Patel


These promotions will take effect at the beginning of Philadelphia Ballet's 2024/2025 Season, which also continues a two-year 60th anniversary celebration of the company's founding and Angel Corella's tenth year as Artistic Director. For more information on upcoming performances, dancer profiles and more please visit

About Philadelphia Ballet

Founded in 1963 by Barbara Weisberger, a protégé of George Balanchine, Philadelphia Ballet is one of the nation's premier ballet companies and a true cultural treasure of Philadelphia. Furthering a sixty-year artistic lineage in Philadelphia, The Ruth & A. Morris Williams, Jr. Artistic Director Angel Corella leads an ensemble of 48 dancers from around the world and an ever-evolving repertoire of classic and contemporary works. The Dr. Carolyn Newsom Executive Director Shelly Power spearheads development and strategic plans to strengthen and expand the company's presence and impact locally, nationally, and internationally. Recognized as one of the top ten ballet companies in the United States, Philadelphia Ballet's 33-member Board of Trustees is led by local business leader and philanthropist David F. Hoffman. In addition to its performances at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia Ballet serves more than 12,000 individuals across the region every year with hands-on arts education and engagement activities brought to children and adults alike regardless of ability or socioeconomic background. For more, visit or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Philadelphia Ballet is supported in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community & Economic Development, and receives support from The Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


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