Brooklyn Mack of Elgin, South Carolina, is in his eighth season with The Washington Ballet. Mack began his dance training at age 12 with the Pavlovich Dance School under Radenko Pavlovich and Milena Leben before receiving a scholarship to study at the Kirov Academy of Ballet. Mack then apprenticed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and later joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company. Before joining TWB, Mack spent three seasons as a principal dancer with Orlando Ballet. He has performed internationally at Ballet Clasico de Camara with Nina Novak in Venezuela, Latvian National Ballet, NBA Ballet Company in Japan and many others. Notable awards include the Kirsti Paakenen Encouragement Prize at the 2005 International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland; the silver medal at the 2006 Jackson International Ballet Competition, in Mississippi; the 2007 Princess Grace Fellowship Award; Second prize at the 2009 Helsinki IBC; the bronze medal at the 2011 Boston IBC; the Marius Leipa Prize at the 2011 Boston IBC; the silver medal at the 2011 Korean International Dance Competition, the gold medal at the 2012 Boston International Ballet Competition, winner of the 2012 Istanbul Grand Prix and the gold medal at the 2012 International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. Most recently, Mack was featured in Ebony Magazine, theGrio’s Top 100, and was named as a top “25 [dancers] to watch” by Dance Magazine. On October 7, 2014, Brooklyn was honored by AT&T he was inducted into the South Carolina African American History Calendar. Brooklyn had the honor of performing the role of Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake with Misty Copeland at the Kennedy Center in April 2015. Brooklyn and Misty Copeland appeared together in Columbia as a benefit for Columbia Classical Ballet following the flood of October 2015 that devastated Pavlovich Ballet School. We are thrilled to have Brooklyn return to us throughout the season as Company Member Emeritus.