Featured Roles Since Joining NYCB

George Balanchine
  • Agon
  • Apollo
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (Fourth Movement)
  • Bugaku
  • Chaconne
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • "Diamonds" from Jewels
  • Episodes
  • "Emeralds" from Jewels
  • Firebird
  • The Four Temperaments
  • Ivesiana
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania)
  • Monumentum pro Gesualdo
  • Movements for Piano and Orchestra
  • Mozartiana
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Coffee)
  • Prodigal Son
  • Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze"
  • "Rubies" from Jewels
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto
  • Swan Lake
  • Serenade
  • Symphony in C (Second Movement)
  • Union Jack (R.C.A.F. and Wrens)
  • La Valse
  • Variations pour une Porte et un Soupir
  • Vienna Waltzes
Ulysses Dove
  • Red Angels
Eliot Feld
  • The Unanswered Question
William Forsythe
  • Herman Schmerman Pas de Deux
Robert La Fosse
  • Concerto in Five Movements
Peter Martins
  • Harmonielehre
  • Jazz (Six Syncopated Movements)
  • Morgen
  • Naïve and Sentimental Music
  • River of Light
  • Romeo + Juliet (Lady Capulet)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Carabosse, Diamond)
  • Sophisticated Lady
  • Swan Lake
  • Suite from Histoire du Soldat
  • Todo Buenos Aires
  • The Waltz Project
Alexei Ratmansky
  • Middle Duet
  • Russian Seasons
Jerome Robbins
  • Antique Epigraphs
  • The Cage
  • The Concert
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Fanfare
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • I'm Old Fashioned
  • In G Major
  • In Memory Of...
  • In the Night
  • Moves
  • Piano Pieces
Richard Tanner
  • Ancient Airs and Dances
  • Schoenberg/Wuorinen Variations
  • Sonatas and Interludes
Christopher Wheeldon
  • After the Rain Pas de Deux
  • Carnival of the Animals
  • DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse (NYCB Premiere)
  • Liturgy
  • Polyphonia

Originated featured roles in

  • Mauro Bigonzetti: In Vento, Luce Nascosta, OltremareVespro
  • Boris Eifman: Musagète
  • Jorma Elo: Slice to Sharp
  • Eliot Feld: Organon
  • Douglas Lee: Lifecasting
  • Edwaard Liang: Lineage
  • Peter Martins: Bal de Couture,Them Twos, Thou Swell
  • Wayne McGregor: Outlier
  • Benjamin Millepied: Double Aria
  • Matthew Neenan: The Exchange
  • Justin Peck: Everywhere We Go
  • Susan Stroman: "The Blue Necklace" from Double Feature (Dorothy Brooks), "Blossom Got Kissed" from Duke!
  • Helgi Tomasson: Prism
  • Christopher Wheeldon: After the Rain, Les Carillons, Variations Sérieuses

Maria Kowroski was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she began her ballet training at age seven with the School of Grand Rapids Ballet. Ms. Kowroski entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 1992. She became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in the summer of 1994 and was invited to join the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in January of 1995. In the spring of 1997, Ms. Kowroski was promoted to the rank of soloist and in the spring of 1999, she was promoted to principal dancer.

Other Performances

In May of 2002, Ms. Kowroski appeared in the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of "New York City Ballet's Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography," dancing in Them Twos and Red Angels, and in May of 2004 she appeared in the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of "Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine 100," dancing in Concerto Barocco.

Ms. Kowroski has performed as a guest artist with the Maryinsky Ballet in productions of Swan Lake and Jewels, as well as with the Munich Ballet in Apollo and Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet.


Ms. Kowroski was the recipient of the Princess Grace Award in 1994.

Portrait © Peter Hurley