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Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Abi Stafford began her dance training at the age of six with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary.

Ms. Stafford entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full time in the fall of 1998. At SAB, she performed the role of Clarinet in Jerome Robbins' Fanfare and a role in Christopher Wheeldon's Scènes de Ballet for the SAB's Annual Workshop performances.

Ms. Stafford was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in November 1999 and joined the corps de ballet in January 2000. She was promoted to the rank of soloist in January 2002 and principal dancer in December 2007.

GEORGE BALANCHINE

  • Apollo (Polyhmnia)
  • Ballo della Regina
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (First Movement)
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Coppélia (Dawn)
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • "Emeralds" from Jewels
  • Episodes
  • The Four Temperaments
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia, Divertissement)
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop)
  • Raymonda Variations
  • Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze"
  • La Source
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • Square Dance
  • Stars and Stripes
  • Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre, Russian)
  • Symphony in C (First Movement, Third Movement)
  • Symphony in Three Movements
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (Valse Mélancolique, Theme and Variations)
  • Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
  • Union Jack
  • Valse-Fantaisie
  • Walpurgisnacht Ballet
  • Western Symphony (First Movement)
  • Who Cares?

MELISSA BARAK

  • A Simple Symphony

AUGUST BOURNONVILLE

  • Flower Festival in Genzano (Pas de Deux)

MIRIAM MAHDAVIANI

  • Appalachia Waltz

MERCE CUNNINGHAM

  • Summerspace

PETER MARTINS

  • A Fool for You
  • The Chairman Dances
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • Naïve and Sentimental Music
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Vivacity, Ruby, Princess Florine)
  • Swan Lake (Pas de Trois, Pas de Quatre, Russian)
  • The Waltz Project

ANGELIN PRELJOCAJ

  • La Stravaganza

ALEXEI RATMANSKY

  • Russian Seasons

JEROME ROBBINS AND TWYLA THARP

  • Brahms/Handel

JEROME ROBBINS

  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Fanfare (Clarinet)
  • Glass Pieces
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • Piano Pieces

CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

  • Klavier
  • Mercurial Manoeuvres

Stephen Baynes

  • Twilight Courante

JIŘÍ BUBENÍČEK

  • Toccata

Peter Martins

  • Bal de Couture
  • Viva Verdi

Kevin O'Day

  • Swerve Poems

Alexei Ratmansky

  • Namouna, A Grand Divertissement
  • Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Russian Seasons

Anatomy of a Dance

Abi Stafford on George Balanchine's EMERALDS

A gentle and graceful solo in George Balanchine’s Emeralds provides an opportunity for Abi Stafford to step out of her comfort zone, en pointe in sparling adagio set to Gabriel Fauré’s music.

HONORS

Ms. Stafford was named the Janice Levin Dancer for the 2000-2001 season. In the spring of 2003, Ms. Stafford was awarded Martin E. Segal Award, which acknowledges the exemplary achievement of young artists.

Portrait © Paul Kolnik