Ethan Stiefel (born 1973 in Tyrone, Pennsylvania) is a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) .
An only son of a Lutheran minister who became a prison warden in New York, Stiefel began ballet training in Madison, Wisconsin at age eight. He studied for two years at the Milwaukee Ballet School and at the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet before moving to New York City to attend ABT's School of Classical Ballet and School of American Ballet on scholarship.
At age 16, he joined the corps de ballet of the New York City Ballet. While there, Stanley Williams enrolled him in the company's men's special class where he trained alongside Nureyev, Baryshnikov and Bujones. In 1992, he took a leave of absence to perform with the Zurich Ballet and returned to the NYC Ballet company one year later as a soloist. By 1995, he was a principal dancer with the company. He ended his tenure with the NYC Ballet in April 1997 when he joined ABT as a principal dancer, where he remains today. His dance...
Center Stage, directed by Nicholas Hytner in 2000, is about a group young dancers from various backgrounds who enroll at the American Ballet Company in New York City to make it as professional dancers and how each one deals with the problems and stress of getting ahead in the world of dance.
After auditions, 12 young dancers gain entry to the American Ballet Academy, which may be based on the School of American Ballet. They prepare for a final dance workshop to determine who will be asked to join the American Ballet Company, which appears to be based on either the American Ballet Theatre or the New York City Ballet.
Tensions mount between Jonathan (played by Peter Gallagher), the company's aging choreographer, and Cooper Nielson (Ethan Stiefel), his best dancer, who also wants to choreograph. Star student Maureen (Susan May Pratt), who seems poised for success, discovers that life is passing her by. Sweet Jody Sawyer (Amanda Schull), despite body type issues and bad feet, is..., http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0210616