Canton Ballet alumnus Zachary Catazaro has been Promoted to Principal Dancer

New York City Ballet’s Zachary Catazaro has been promoted to principal dancer.  He is a Canton Ballet alumnus and graduate of Hoover High School.

Peter Martins, NYCB’s ballet master in chief, made the announcement October 12 before NYCB’s evening performance in which Catazaro performed a featured role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia.

This fall season Catazaro made his debut as Prince Siegfield in Peter Martins’ full-length production of Swan Lake.  He performed alongside principal dancer Sterling Hyltin who performed the role of Odette/Odile.

He also has debuted in featured roles in Peter Martins’ The Red Violin and Jerome Robbins’ In Memory of…, as well as performing a featured role in George Balanchine’s La Valse.

Catazaro began his dance training at the School of Canton Ballet.  During his 11 years at Canton Ballet he studied primarily with executive and artistic director Cassandra Crowley and assistant artistic director Jennifer Catazaro Hayward, who is his mother.  He is the son of Thomas Clark of North Canton.

He began studying at NYCB’s School of American Ballet in 2003 and enrolled as a full-time student in 2006.  The following year he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and joined the company’s corps de ballet in 2008.  He was promoted to soloist in 2014.

Catazaro and Hyltin are slated to dance the leading roles of Canton Ballet’s TheNutcracker in December.