Silas Farley is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. He began his training at the age of 7 with Sal and Barbara Messina at King David Christian Conservatory in Charlotte, North Carolina. At the age of 9, he was accepted on scholarship into Charlotte Ballet Academy (formerly North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance), where his teachers were NYCB alumni Patricia McBride, Kathryn Moriarty, and Mark Diamond. At the age of 14, Mr. Farley attended the summer course at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of NYCB, and was then invited to enroll as a full-time student. In August 2012, Mr. Farley became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2013.
A choreographer since age 11, Mr. Farley has created ballets for SAB’s Student Choreography Workshop, SAB’s Winter Ball, SAB’s Summer Choreography Workshop, the New York Choreographic Institute, and Columbia Ballet Collaborative. In the summer of 2017, he served as the choreographer for the Practicing Silence workshop at Grace Farms Foundation in New Canaan, CT. Mr. Farley was commissioned by MetLiveArts to create a new site-specific ballet entitled Songs From The Spirit that premiered in March 2019 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In 2012 he was one of two advanced SAB students selected by Peter Martins for a student teaching pilot program at SAB. Since 2016, he has taught at SAB, first as a Teaching Fellow and now as a guest teacher. He has guest taught at Charlotte Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet SND (Slovak National Ballet), Southern Methodist University, The Hartt School, and The Kennedy Center. Mr. Farley has also taught NYCB Company class. In both 2016 and 2017, he conducted masterclasses on the teaching and work of George Balanchine at The Academy of the Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia. From 2018 to 2019, Mr. Farley served as Artist in Residence for Ballet Hartford.
Mr. Farley was an inaugural Jerome Robbins Dance Division Fellow at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. He has also written for Dance Magazine and lectured on ballet for New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and at the Museum of Modern Art. Since the summer of 2019, Mr. Farley has served on the Board of Directors of The George Balanchine Foundation.
Mr. Farley is a recipient of the 2015 Martin E. Segal Award and the 2012 Mae L. Wien Award.
Portrait © Paul Kolnik