Featured Roles Since Joining NYCB

George Balanchine
  • Apollo (Polyhmnia)
  • Ballo della Regina
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (First Movement)
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Coppélia (Dawn)
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • "Emeralds" from Jewels
  • Episodes
  • The Four Temperaments
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia, Divertissement)
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop)
  • Raymonda Variations
  • Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze"
  • La Source
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • Square Dance
  • Stars and Stripes
  • Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre, Russian)
  • Symphony in C (First Movement, Third Movement)
  • Symphony in Three Movements
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (Valse Mélancolique, Theme and Variations)
  • Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
  • Union Jack
  • Valse-Fantaisie
  • Walpurgisnacht Ballet
  • Western Symphony (First Movement)
  • Who Cares?
Melissa barak
  • A Simple Symphony
August Bournonville
  • Flower Festival in Genzano (Pas de Deux)
Miriam Mahdaviani
  • Appalachia Waltz
Merce Cunningham
  • Summerspace
Peter Martins
  • A Fool for You
  • The Chairman Dances
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • Naïve and Sentimental Music
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Vivacity, Ruby, Princess Florine)
  • Swan Lake (Pas de Trois, Pas de Quatre, Russian)
  • The Waltz Project
Angelin Preljocaj
  • La Stravaganza
Alexei Ratmansky
  • Russian Seasons
  • Brahms/Handel
Jerome Robbins
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Fanfare (Clarinet)
  • Glass Pieces
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • Piano Pieces
Christopher Wheeldon
  • Klavier
  • Mercurial Manoeuvres

Originated featured roles in

  • Stephen Baynes: Twilight Courante
  • Jiři Bubeniček: Toccata
  • Peter Martins: Bal de CoutureViva Verdi
  • Kevin O'Day: Swerve Poems
  • Alexei Ratmansky: Namouna, A Grand Divertissement; Pictures at an ExhibitionRussian Seasons

Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Abi Stafford began her dance training at the age of six with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. Ms. Stafford entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full time in the fall of 1998. At SAB, she performed the role of Clarinet in Jerome Robbins' Fanfare and a role in Christopher Wheeldon's Scènes de Ballet for the SAB's Annual Workshop performances. Ms. Stafford was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in November 1999 and joined the corps de ballet in January 2000. She was promoted to the rank of soloist in January 2002 and principal dancer in December 2007.


Ms. Stafford was named the Janice Levin Dancer for the 2000-2001 season. In the spring of 2003, Ms. Stafford was awarded Martin E. Segal Award, which acknowledges the exemplary achievement of young artists.

Portrait © Paul Kolnik