January 5, 2017
After 22 seasons with Atlanta Ballet, Company dancer John Welker is retiring from the stage. Click on the links below to read Atlanta Magazine and Encore Atlanta's features on him. Then, make sure to see him for one of his final performances this month at Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker! Click here to see his casting schedule and to get tickets.
Click here for Atlanta Magazine's interview with John Welker.
"'I’ve been lucky to have had so many amazing experiences on stage, but there is one that kind of sums up my career and my place within Atlanta Ballet history. In 2011 we performed James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, danced to Vivaldi’s music, and I got to share the stage with John McFall and [former Atlanta Ballet artistic director] Bobby Barnett and Anne Burton Avery, who was Atlanta Ballet’s very first Sugarplum Fairy. It connected me to Atlanta Ballet’s past and legacy in a very real way. Sharing the stage with them was a moment that I’ll never forget.'"
Click here for the Encore Atlanta article reflecting on John Welker's career.
"Welker remembers the 'absolute beauty and magic' of that early Nutcracker he saw from the audience’s perspective. 'That’s what hooked me on the profession as a whole, and it has held a fulfilling place in my heart throughout my career.'"