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Ashley Bouder
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Ashley Bouder was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and began her ballet training at the age of six at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet with Marcia Dale Weary. After attending the 1999 Summer Program at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, she was invited by SAB to continue her training during the Winter Session. As a student, Ms. Bouder performed featured roles in Balanchine's Dances Concertantes and Stars and Stripes for the School of American Ballet's 2000 Annual Spring Workshop. Ms. Bouder was named an apprentice with New York City Ballet in June 2000 and became a member of the corps de ballet that October. She was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2004, and in January 2005, Ms. Bouder was promoted to principal dancer.

Headshot photo by Paul Kolnik.

Blog Entries by Ashley Bouder

My Part in Arts Education, Preservation, and Collaboration

Posted February 22, 2011 | 14:40:57 (EST)

In reference to my last blog post, I'd like to write about how I am keeping ballet and more generally, dance and the arts alive today. I know my contributions are small, but I'm hoping to expand them in the future and inspire others like me to invest their knowledge...

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Ballet Is Dying? | State Of The Arts

Posted December 17, 2010 | 15:55:33 (EST)

Ballet is dying? Really? With the release of Jennifer Homan's new book Apollo's Angels, it seems this question is a popular topic of discussion. While I agree that, yes, there was a ballet heyday in the 1970's, I think the art form is far from dead. One only has to...

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Peeking at the Ballet World via Black Swan

Posted December 2, 2010 | 15:52:15 (EST)

Black Swan, the hot new topic in the dance world, has finally had its premiere in New York. Surrounded by controversy and filled with numerous ballet dancer clichés, there seems to be a lively ongoing debate. I've talked to those who were offended by it and those who loved it....

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CultureZohn Presents First Person: Ashley Bouder, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer

Posted November 23, 2010 | 13:54:48 (EST)

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Photo by Henry Leutwyler (c) 2010.


As a principal dancer and more than ten year member of New York City Ballet, I've started countless seasons with class taught by my boss, Peter Martins. In fact, most seasons start this way. There is...

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