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Mary Elizabeth Sell was born in Wilton, Connecticut, and began her dance training at the age of five. Ms. Sell entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, at the age of 10.

While a student at SAB, Ms. Sell performed with the Company in Coppélia, Scherzo alla Russe, and Double Feature. Ms. Sell originated a corps role in Christopher d'Amboise's Tribute as part of the SAB 2005 Annual Workshop.

In December 2005, Ms. Sell became an apprentice with NYCB, and in September 2006 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.

Portrait © Erin Baiano


  • Coppélia (Dawn)
  • Divertimento from 'Le Baiser de la Fée'
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Dewdrop, Frau Stahlbaum, Hot Chocolate, Flowers, Dolls)
  • Prodigal Son
  • Raymonda Variations
  • Swan Lake
  • Walpurgisnacht Ballet


  • Bal de Couture
  • Romeo + Juliet (The Nurse)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Vivacity)
  • Swan Lake (Queen, Spanish, Princess)


  • The Concert
  • Fancy Free

Christopher Wheeldon

  • Carnival of the Animals

Lauren Lovette

  • Not Our Fate

Melissa Barak

  • A Simple Symphony


  • Les Bosquets

Peter Martins

  • Ocean's Kingdom
  • Romeo + Juliet
  • Mirage

Justin Peck

  • The Most Incredible Thing
  • Principia

Lynne Taylor-Corbett

  • The Seven Deadly Sins

Christopher Wheeldon

  • Estancia