SAB faculty member Jock Soto has retired from the School as of December 31, 2015.
Mr. Soto was a student at SAB from 1977 through 1981, at which time he joined New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. He became a soloist in 1984 and was named a principal dancer in 1985.
During his acclaimed 24-year career at City Ballet, Mr. Soto had leading roles in numerous works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins. He also inspired the creation of roles in many new ballets, including Mr. Martins’s A Schubertiad (1984), Ecstatic Orange (1987), Fearful Symmetries (1990), Jazz (Six Syncopated Movements) (1993), Sinfonia (1993) and Morgen (2001).
Although Mr. Soto retired from dancing in 2005, he returned to the stage in May 2007 to originate the role of Lord Capulet in Peter Martins’s new production of Romeo + Juliet. He staged Jerome Robbins’s Afternoon of a Faun for the Royal Ballet of London in 2006.
Mr. Soto joined SAB’s faculty in 1996.
Upon his retirement, Mr. Soto plans to explore his long-time dream of cookbook writing and opening a restaurant and catering business. His passions for both dance and the culinary arts were detailed in his 2011 memoir Every Step You Take (Harper Collins).
We wish Mr. Soto all the best luck and success in his new ventures.