Featured Roles Since Joining NYCB

George Balanchine
  • Apollo
  • Allegro Brillante
  • Ballade
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet
  • Coppélia (Swanilda)
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • "Emeralds" from Jewels
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ (Sugarplum Fairy)
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Divertissement, Helena)
  • Raymonda Variations
  • Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze"
  • Scotch Symphony
  • La Sonnambula
  • La Source
  • Swan Lake
  • Symphony in C (First Movement, Fourth Movements)
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (Theme and Variations)
  • Union Jack
  • Vienna Waltzes
  • Western Symphony (Allegro)
  • Who Cares?
Robert La Fosse and Robert Garland
  • Tributary
Sean Lavery
  • Romeo and Juliet
Peter Martins
  • Jazz (Six Syncopated Movements)
  • Jeu de Cartes
  • Mozart Serenade
  • Naïve and Sentimental Music
  • Stabat Mater
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, Carabosse, Princess Florine)
  • Swan Lake (Odette/Odile)
  • Them Twos
  • The Waltz Project
Jerome Robbins
  • 2 & 3 Part Inventions
  • Antique Epigraphs
  • The Concert
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Dybbuk
  • Fancy Free
  • The Four Seasons (Spring)
  • Gershwin Concerto
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • I'm Old Fashioned
  • Interplay
  • In the Night
  • Opus 19/The Dreamer
  • Piano Pieces
  • West Side Story Suite
Christopher Wheeldon
  • Carnival of the Animals
  • Evenfall
  • Mercurial Manoeuvres

Originated featured roles in

  • David Allan: Reunions, Pastoral Dances
  • Melissa Barak: Call Me Ben
  • Eliot Feld: Intermezzo No. 1 (NYCB Premiere)
  • Robert La Fosse: I Have My Own Room
  • Miriam Mahdaviani: Correlazione, Appalachia Waltz
  • Peter Martins: Mozart Piano Concerto, Morgen, Thou Swell
  • Kevin O'Day: Huoah
  • Alexei Ratmansky: Namouna, A Grand Divertissement, Russian Seasons
  • Twyla Tharp: The Beethoven Seventh
  • Helgi Tomasson: Prism
  • Christopher Wheeldon: An American in Paris
  • Damian Woetzel: Ebony Concerto

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.

Other Performances

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.

Additional Information

In July 2000, she married former NYCB Principal Dancer James Fayette.

Portrait © Paul Kolnik