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Amar Ramasar was born in the Bronx, New York. He began his studies at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in 1993.

In addition, he studied at the American Ballet Theatre Summer Program and The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet.

In July 2000, Mr. Ramasar was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in July 2001 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.

In March of 2006 he was promoted to soloist and in October 2009 was promoted to Principal Dancer.


  • Reunions


  • Agon
  • Allegro Brillante
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (Fourth Movement)
  • Danses Concertantes
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • "Emeralds" from Jewels
  • Episodes
  • The Four Temperaments
  • Ivesiana (In the Inn)
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Divertissement, Demetrius)
  • Monumentum pro Gesualdo
  • Movements for Piano and Orchestra
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Cavalier, Hot Chocolate, Mother Ginger, Mouse King)
  • Orpheus
  • La Sonnambula (The Baron)
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto
  • Symphony in C (Second Movement)
  • Symphony in Three Movements
  • Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Union Jack
  • La Valse
  • Union Jack
  • Western Symphony (Adagio)
  • Who Cares?


  • Vespro


  • Bournonville Divertissements (Pas de Six from Napoli and Abdallah)


  • Red Angels


  • Herman Schmerman Pas de Deux


  • Bal de Couture
  • Barber Violin Concerto
  • A Fool for You
  • Concerto for Two Solo Pianos
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • Les Gentilhommes
  • Guide to Strange Places
  • The Infernal Machine
  • Jeu de Cartes
  • Morgen
  • Naïve and Sentimental Music
  • River of Light
  • Romeo + Juliet (Tybalt)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Puss in Boots)
  • Songs of the Auvergne
  • Swan Lake (Spanish, Russian)


  • La Stravaganza


  • Concertino
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Fancy Free
  • Fanfare (Percussion)
  • The Four Seasons (Summer)
  • Glass Pieces
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • In the Night
  • Interplay
  • Piano Pieces
  • West Side Story Suite (Bernardo)


  • "Makin' Whoopee" from Double Feature


  • Sonatas and Interludes


  • After the Rain
  • Carnival of the Animals
  • DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse
  • Estancia
  • Polyphonia

Mauro Bigonzetti

  • Luce Nascosta
  • Oltremare

Ashley Bouder

  • Give Me Fever

Kim Brandstrup

  • Jeux

Jorma Elo

  • Slice to Sharp

Jean-Pierre Frohlich

  • Varied Trio (in four)

Douglas Lee

  • Lifecasting

Peter Martins

  • Bal de Couture
  • Chichester Psalms
  • Friandises
  • Ocean’s Kingdom (King Terra)
  • The Red Violin

Wayne McGregor

  • Outlier

Benjamin Millepied

  • Plainspoken
  • Quasi Una Fantasia
  • Why am I not where you are

Justin Peck

  • The Dreamers
  • Everywhere We Go
  • The Most Incredible Thing (The Destroyer)
  • Paz de la Jolla
  • Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
  • The Times Are Racing

Angelin Preljocaj

  • Spectral Evidence

Alexei Ratmansky

  • Odessa
  • Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Russian Seasons

Liam Scarlett

  • Acheron

Troy Schumacher

  • Common Ground

Susan Stroman

  • "Frankie and Johnny ... and Rose" from For the Love of Duke

Christopher Wheeldon

  • American Rhapsody
  • Les Carillons

Melissa Barak

  • Telemann Overture Suite in E Minor

Boris Eifman

  • Musagète

Peter Martins

  • Hallelujah Junction (NYCB Premiere)

Jerome Robbins

  • N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz

Susan Stroman

  • Double Feature

Christopher Wheeldon

  • An American in Paris
  • Carnival of the Animals
  • Shambards

Anatomy of a Dance

Amar Ramasar on Alexei Ratmansky's PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

Principal Dancer Amar Ramasar talks about how working with Alexei Ratmansky pushed him to the limit in the choreographer’s fourth work for NYCB, Pictures at an Exhibition.


In his Broadway debut, Mr. Ramasar performed as Jigger Craigin in the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Imperial Theatre.


Mr. Ramasar appeared in the film NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ, a scripted adaptation of the Jerome Robbins ballet of the same name, which aired on PBS and won an Audience Award at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival. He is also featured in the Magnolia Pictures documentary Ballet 422 (2015), which follows the creation of Justin Peck’s Paz de la Jolla.


Mr. Ramasar was a recipient of the Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer in 2015, and a recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise in 2000.

Portrait © Paul Kolnik