Featured Roles Since Joining NYCB

George Balanchine
  • Agon
  • Allegro Brillante
  • Apollo
  • Ballo Della Regina
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (First Movement, Second Movement)
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • "Emeralds" from Jewels
  • Episodes (Concerto)
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop)
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hyppolita, Hermia)
  • Raymonda Variations
  • Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze"
  • Scotch Symphony
  • La Sonnambula
  • La Source
  • Stars and Stripes
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto
  • Symphony in C (First Movement, Third Movement, Fourth Movements)
  • Symphony in Three Movements
  • Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
  • Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Union Jack
  • Walpurgisnacht Ballet
  • Western Symphony
  • Who Cares?
August Bournonville
  • Bournonville Divertissements
Ulysses Dove
  • Red Angels
Peter Martins
  • The Chairman Dances
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Diamond, Princess Florine)
  • Purple
  • Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Pas de Quatre, Russian)
  • Tschaikovsky Pas de Quatre
  • The Waltz Project
Kevin O'Day
  • Viola Alone
Jerome Robbins
  • Brandenburg
  • The Cage
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Glass Pieces
  • Interplay
  • In the Night
  • Piano Pieces
Richard Tanner
  • Ancient Airs and Dances
  • Sonatas and Interludes

originated featured roles in

  • Stephen Baynes: Twilight Courante
  • Miriam Mahdaviani: Appalachia Waltz, In the Mi(d)st, Urban Dances
  • Peter Martins: Guide to Strange Places, Mirage, Naïve and Sentimental Music, Quartet for Strings, The Red Violin, Swan Lake
  • Benjamin Millepeid: Plainspoken
  • Kevin O'Day: Swerve Poems
  • Jerome Robbins: Brandenburg, West Side Story Suite
  • Susan Stroman: "Blossom Got Kissed" from Duke!
  • Christopher Wheeldon: Polyphonia

Jennie Somogyi was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, and raised in Alpha, New Jersey. She began her ballet training at age seven, with Madame Nina Youskevitch. Ms. Somogyi entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, when she was nine years old. She was cast as Marie in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ the following year. In the spring of 1993, Ms. Somogyi was made an apprentice with New York City Ballet. In the fall of 1994, she was invited to join the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. Ms. Somogyi was promoted to the rank of soloist in 1998 and became a principal dancer in December 2000.

Other Performances

In May 2002, Ms. Somogyi appeared in the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of "New York City Ballet's Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography," dancing in Chiaroscuro and Viola Alone.


In 2002 the Princess Grace Foundation awarded Ms. Somogyi its highest honor, the Statue Award. She is also the recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise and the Martin E. Segal Award.

Portrait © Paul Kolnik