Jenifer Ringer was born in New Bern, North Carolina, and was raised in Summerville, South Carolina, where she began her dance training at age 10 with local teachers. At age 12 she entered the Washington School of Ballet, where she studied for two years. After attending a summer session at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, Ms. Ringer was invited to enter the winter session at the School on a full scholarship. She became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in October 1989 and a member of the corps de ballet in January 1990. She was promoted to soloist in January 1995 and to principal dancer in spring 2000. Ms. Ringer's final performance with NYCB was on February 9, 2014.
Her memoir, Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet, a behind-the-scenes look at world of classical ballet, will be published on February 20, 2014.
In May 2002, Ms. Ringer appeared in the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of "New York City Ballet's Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography," dancing in Mercurial Manoeuvres, and in May of 2004 she appeared in the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of "Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine 100," dancing in Liebeslieder Walzer.
Ms. Ringer received her B.A. in English from Fordham University in December 1997.
In July 2000, she married former NYCB Principal Dancer James Fayette.
Portrait © Paul Kolnik