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Atlanta Ballet has hired two recently retired dancers, Rory Hohenstein and Veronika Part, as company ballet masters.

“I saw both Rory and Veronika perform throughout their careers and have always been impressed by and fond of their talent and artistry,” Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin said in a press release. “We are very lucky to have these two artists here to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of Atlanta Ballet dancers.”

The role of ballet master assists choreographers in staging productions and teaches and rehearses dancers.

Hohenstein recently retired from Joffrey Ballet, where he danced as a leading artist since 2011. 

“I have known Rory for many years, dating back to his days as a young, enormously talented dancer at San Francisco Ballet,” Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater said. “He is a consummate artist, respected and loved by everyone, including our audiences. All of us at the Joffrey will miss him immensely, but we are thrilled for his new role as ballet master with Atlanta Ballet. His leadership and exceptional knowledge of the art form promises to enrich the lives of so many people. We congratulate Rory on the next chapter of his prestigious career.”

Part was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and began her career with Mariinsky Theatre. She later joined American Ballet Theatre, where she retired as a principal dancer one year ago. Since then, she has taught in many schools throughout the United States.

Sarah Hillmer joins Staibdance as managing director

Sarah Hillmer, formerly a ballet master with Atlanta Ballet and founder of the ImmerseATL dance company that prepares young dancers for professional careers, has become managing director of Staibdance.

Hillmer, who has worked with choreographers Twyla Tharpe and Helen Pickett, is a co-collaborator on fence, Staibdance’s upcoming work that is funded by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project.

“The extraordinary amount of talent, creativity, and vision buzzing inside Staibdance is palpable,” Hillmer said in a statement. “The work is relevant and visceral, the leaders are forward thinking, and the team making the art come alive is sensitive, fearless, and powerful. It is an honor to be chosen as Staibdance’s first managing director and trusted with launching them into their next steps, shaping dreams into reality.”

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