Amar Ramasar was born in the Bronx, New York. He began his studies at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in 1993. In addition, he studied at the American Ballet Theatre Summer Program and The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet. In July 2000, Mr. Ramasar was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in July 2001 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In March of 2006 he was promoted to soloist and in October 2009 was promoted to Principal Dancer.
Mr. Ramasar appeared in the film NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ, a scripted adaptation of the Jerome Robbins ballet of the same name, which aired on PBS and won an Audience Award at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival. He is also featured in the Magnolia Pictures documentary Ballet 422 (2015), which follows the creation of Justin Peck’s Paz de la Jolla.
Mr. Ramasar was a recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise in 2000.
Portrait © Paul Kolnik