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Marika Anderson was born in Portland, Oregon, and began her dance training at the age of four at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, where she studied with Haydée Gutiérrez, James Canfield, and Elena Carter. She was an apprentice with Oregon Ballet Theatre during the 2001-2002 season.

Ms. Anderson entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of NYCB, in the fall of 2002.

In November 2004, Ms. Anderson became an apprentice with NYCB, and in June 2005 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.

Portrait © Erin Baiano


  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Flowers, Frau Stahlbaum)
  • La Valse
  • Prodigal Son


  • La Sylphide (Madge, James' Mother [NYCB Premiere])


  • The Magic Flute (Wife)
  • Romeo + Juliet (The Nurse)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Carabosse)
  • Swan Lake (Queen, Hungarian, Spanish, Princess)


  • Russian Seasons


  • The Concert
  • The Four Seasons (Summer)

Justin Peck

  • The Most Incredible Thing (Winter Crow)

Melissa Barak

  • Call Me Ben


  • Les Bosquets

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

  • Unframed

Peter Martins

  • Ocean's Kingdom

Justin Peck

  • Principia

Alexei Ratmansky

  • Namouna, A Grand Divertissement , Odessa

Lynne Taylor-Corbett

  • The Seven Deadly Sins

Christopher Wheeldon

  • Les Carillons

Anatomy of a Dance

Marika Anderson on Balanchine's Swan Lake

Marika Anderson talks about her childhood love of Tschaikovsky and the important role of the corps in Balanchine's one-act Swan Lake.