When the Atlanta Ballet presents Michael Pink’s “Dracula” next week at the Cobb Energy Centre, it pays farewell to one of its most prominent members. Openly gay Brian Wallenberg is calling it quits as a dancer. He has been with the Ballet for 15 years now, acting as a performer for 13 years and working as the social media coordinator for the last two. His first appearance with the troupe was in 1998 with the show, playing Harker, the same character he takes on in the remount.
Wallenberg realizes that he is no longer as young as when he first danced the part. “My character gets beat up a lot in the show,” he says. “I had my first rehearsal and I felt beat up. (Dancing now compared to when I started), I have to take better care of myself.”
Two years ago he quit dancing on a regular basis but knew that he would be available for specific projects if they came out. When this one did, he was game.