"I have a responsibility now," he said in a recent interview in a midtown New York City cafe, taking a break during a packed day of classes and rehearsals.
From South Dakota to the Bolshoi, a dancer's leap →
"We were sobbing," Hallberg says now. "Devastated, haunted for two weeks afterward. Natalia is such an intense performer. We're opposites in a way _ her fire, my lyrical softness."