Principal, New York City Ballet
Ashley Bouder was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in the United States. She received her dance training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle and the School of American Ballet in New York, where she won the Mae L. Wien award for outstanding promise. She started her career in 2000 with the New York City Ballet and has been a principal dancer since January 2005. Since joining the company she has danced many featured roles by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She has also worked with many renowned choreographers including Peter Martins, Richard Tanner, Christopher Wheeldon, Susan Stroman, Jorma Elo, Mauro Bigonzetti, Douglas Lee, and Wayne McGregor. She was also the companyfs Janice Levin honoree for 2001-2002.
Ms. Bouder dances in ballet galas all around the world and has guest starred with the Rome Opera Ballet, Morphose, the Wheeldon Company, the Paris Opera Ballet, and Novosibirsk Ballet. She most recently won the award for Ms. Expressivity at the Dance Open Gala in St. Petersburg.