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Mr. Janzen was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and began his dance training at the age of six at The Rock School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Janzen attended summer sessions in 2004 and 2005 at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, and enrolled as a full-time student in the winter of 2005. In October 2007,

Mr. Janzen became an apprentice with NYCB, and in June 2008, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to soloist in October 2014 and to principal in February 2017.


  • Agon
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (First Movement)
  • Chaconne
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • "Diamonds" from Jewels
  • Duo Concertant
  • Episodes
  • The Four Temperaments
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lysander, Titania's Cavalier, Theseus)
  • Monumentum Pro Gesualdo
  • Movements for Piano & Orchestra
  • Mozartiana
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Cavalier)
  • Orpheus
  • Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze"
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Big Boss, Gangster)
  • Stravinsky Violin concerto
  • Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried)
  • Symphony in C (Second Movement)
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3
  • Vienna Waltzes
  • Walpurgisnacht Ballet


  • In Vento


  • Bournonville Divertissements (Pas de Six from Napoli and Abdallah)


  • Slice to Sharp


  • Barber Violin Concerto
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • Morgen
  • Romeo + Juliet (Paris)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Désiré, Gold)
  • Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried)
  • The Waltz Project


  • Neverwhere


  • Copland Dance Episodes
  • Everywhere We Go
  • New Blood
  • Pulcinella Variations
  • Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
  • Year of the Rabbit


  • Dances at a Gathering
  • The Four Seasons (Summer)
  • Glass Pieces
  • In the Night
  • Les Noces


  • American Rhapsody
  • Les Carillons
  • Mercurial Manoeuvres
  • Polyphonia

Edwaard Liang

  • Lineage

Pontus Lidberg

  • The Shimmering Asphalt

Matthew Neenan

  • The Exchange

Justin Peck

  • Bright
  • The Most Incredible Thing (The King)

Troy Schumacher

  • Common Ground

Pam Tanowitz

  • Solo for Russell: Sites 1-5

Pam Tanowitz

  • Law of Mosaics

Peter Walker

  • ten in seven

Kim Brandstrup

  • Jeux


  • Les Bosquets

Peter Martins

  • Ocean's Kingdom

Benjamin Millepied

  • Quasi Una Fantasia
  • Two Hearts

Justin Peck

  • Everywhere We Go
  • Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
  • Year of the Rabbit

Anatomy of a Dance

Russell Janzen on Peter Martins’ SWAN LAKE

Russell Janzen talks about the importance of the Black Swan pas de deux in the dramatic action of Swan Lake, and the level of trust required between himself and the ballerina in the role of Odette/Odile (Teresa Reichlen) that helps convey the emotional connection the two characters share.

Anatomy of a Dance

Russell Janzen on GLASS PIECES

As dancer Russell Janzen notes, Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces may be an abstract ballet with an experimental score by Phillip Glass, yet it’s also rooted in the real world, especially the feeling of driving, pulsing undercurrents found just by walking through New York City.


Mr. Janzen is a recipient of the 2015 Clive Barnes Foundation Award and the 2007 Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise.

Portrait © Paul Kolnik