New York City Ballet has announced that Jenifer Ringer, Janie Taylor, Sébastien Marcovici, and Jonathan Stafford will retire from the Company during the 2014 Winter and Spring Seasons. All four of these Principal Dancers joined the Company during the 1990s as members of the corps de ballet, and have performed many roles in careers at Lincoln Center spanning from 15 to 24 years.
Ringer will give her final performance with NYCB on Sunday, February 9 when she will dance in Jerome Robbins’ “Dances at a Gathering” and George Balanchine’s “Union Jack”. Taylor and Marcovici, who were married in 2012, will dance their final performances on Saturday, March 1 (8pm) when they perform together in Robbins’ “Afternoon of a Faun” and Balanchine’s “La Valse”. Stafford will give his final performance on Sunday, May 25, dancing in Balanchine’s “Emeralds” and “Diamonds” from “Jewels”.
Ringer is planning to announce details about her future plans later this year. In the immediate future, Viking Press is due to publish her memoir, “Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet”, in February 2014. Following their final performances, Taylor and Marcovici will relocate to Los Angeles, California, where Marcovici will begin a new position as a ballet master with L.A. Dance Project, the artist collective co-founded in 2012 by Benjamin Millepied. Stafford, who has been a member of the faculty at the School of American Ballet since 2006, will become a Ballet Master with NYCB and will also continue to teach at SAB.