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This is Pointe‘s Winter 2020 cover story. You can click here to purchase this issue.

“They’re breaking all my theories about not pushing dancers too soon,” Kevin McKenzie, the usually cautious artistic director of American Ballet Theatre, said recently in his office near Union Square. He was referring to recently promoted soloists Catherine Hurlin and Aran Bell, 24 and 21, respectively. And he’s not kidding. Hurlin and Bell are on the fast track, with role after role coming their way.

Bell, whom many remember as the funny and self-possessed 11-year-old in the ballet documentary First Position, had his debut in Romeo and Juliet in 2018 while still a corps member, followed by Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty the next year. Catherine Hurlin has been a shooting star since her student days at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, when she was chosen to dance the role of Clara in Alexei Ratmansky’s new Nutcracker. Once in the …

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