Joseph Gorak was promoted to Soloist at American Ballet Theatre in 2014 from the Corps de Ballet. “With his finely pointed feet and scrupulous classical line, Mr. Gorak is a future prince who opts for elegance over flash,” wrote Gia Kourlas in The New York Times. ABT’s artistic director, Kevin McKenzie, says Gorak “holds the potential to be a leading dancer of unparalleled stature. He has an ideal physique and displays a depth of artistry that can be startling in its clarity and facility.” In 2005 he joined Orlando Ballet, under the direction of ABT’s Fernando Bujones, and won the Grand Prix Award at the 2006 Youth America Grand Prix competition. His repertoire at ABT includes “Cinderella” (Prince) and “Coppélia” (Franz), as well as originated roles (in Alexei Ratmansky’s “The Tempest” and Demis Volpi’s “Private Light”). It is his “lifelong dream and aspiration,” he says, “to be a principal dancer at ABT.” Fellowship support will enable him to work with master teachers, take acting lessons, and visit ballet companies in Europe to learn about the origins of some of the renowned classical ballets.