Jacoby & Pronk, No Longer Together, Yet Still Stunning [Video]

Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk Excerpt Reel
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Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk Excerpt Reel

The powerful duo, though no longer together, has left a mark in the contemporary ballet world. Their performance below is a testament to their technical prowess and artistry.

Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk joined their talents in 2007 to create Jacoby and Pronk. But who are these dancers and how did they come together?

Finally, why did they end their five year (2007-2012) successful partnership?

Jacoby & Pronk, No Longer Together, But Still Stunning

Drew Jacoby was born in Boise, Idaho, and studied at the School of American Ballet, and San Francisco and Pacific Northwest ballet schools. She began her professional career at 17 as a principal dancer with LINES Ballet in San Francisco.

In 2005, she was invited to participate in Sylvie Guillem’s Japan tour, where she danced principal roles alongside dancers from the Royal Ballet London and Paris Opera Ballet. She won a 2005 Princess Grace Award and, in 2006, was voted Dance Magazine’s “It Girl.”

Read more at DanceInternational.org.

[Pronk] trained at the Royal (Dutch) Conservatory of Dance and joined the Dutch National Ballet at age 16 and was promoted to soloist.

Rubinald performed works by choreographers including Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Jacopo Godani and Martha Graham.

In 2006 he joined Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson’s Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and is a guest artist with Dutch National Ballet.

More on Pronk at wikipedia.

Jacoby & Pronk, No Longer Together, Yet Still Stunning

We can still enjoy the energy that Drew and Rubinald created when dancing together. Below a sample of what these extraordinary dancers are capable of on stage. Enjoy!

Video of Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk in B Sonata courtesy of YouTube.

Choreography by Leo Mujic.

In August 2012 Drew and Rubi announced their split.

As of August 2012 Drew Jacoby will be joining Nederlands Dans Theater in The Hague. The decision to leave Jacoby and Pronk was not easy for her, but this unexpected opportunity for Drew is one that she feels she must pursue.

She is proud of what Rubinald and her have accomplished in the last few years and wishes the best for Rubinald’s future endeavors. It is her hope that their professional paths will continue to cross. Drew will also continue her dance media website DancePulp.

Rubinald Pronk is pleased to announce that he will continue with his own group “PRONK”.

More info at oficial Jacoby and Pronk website.

Jacoby & Pronk, No Longer Together, Yet Still Stunning

What do you think? Certainly contemporary ballet, however classically trained with enormous strength and technical power, this pair chose to go beyond the limitations of classicism.

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