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Ashley Bouder was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and began her ballet training at the age of six at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet with Marcia Dale Weary.

After attending the 1999 Summer Program at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, she was invited by SAB to continue her training during the Winter Session.

As a student, Ms. Bouder performed featured roles in Balanchine's Dances Concertantes and Stars and Stripes for the School of American Ballet's 2000 Annual Spring Workshop.

Ms. Bouder was named an apprentice with New York City Ballet in June 2000 and became a member of the corps de ballet that October. She was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2004, and in January 2005, Ms. Bouder was promoted to principal dancer.


  • Reunions


  • Apollo (Polyhymnia)
  • Ballo della Regina
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (First Movement)
  • Coppélia (Swanilda)
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • Donizetti Variations
  • Duo Concertant
  • "Emeralds" from Jewels
  • Firebird
  • The Four Temperaments
  • Harlequinade (Colombine, Lead Alouette)
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Divertissement, Butterfly, Helena)
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Marzipan)
  • Raymonda Variations
  • "Rubies" from Jewels
  • Scotch Symphony
  • Serenade
  • Sonatine
  • La Sonnambula
  • La Source
  • Square Dance
  • Stars and Stripes
  • Symphony in C (First and Third Movements)
  • Symphony in Three Movements
  • Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
  • Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3
  • Union Jack (Scottish and Canadian Guards Regiments and Royal Navy)
  • La Valse
  • Valse-Fantaisie
  • VIenna Waltzes
  • Western Symphony (Rondo)
  • Who Cares?


  • Vespro


  • Flower Festival in Genzano (Pas de Deux)
  • La Sylphide (The Sylph)


  • Tribute (NYCB Premiere)


  • Slice to Sharp


  • Lifecasting


  • Barber Violin Concerto
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • A Fool for You (Rockhouse)
  • Naïve and Sentimental Music
  • Octet (NYCB Premiere)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, Diamond)
  • Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Pas de Quatre)


  • Namouna, A Grand Divertissement
  • Odesa


  • Andantino
  • Brandenburg
  • The Concert
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • The Four Seasons (Winter, Fall)
  • Four Bagatelles
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • I'm Old Fashioned
  • Interplay
  • Other Dances


  • Brahms/Handel


  • Ancient Airs and Dances


  • DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse (NYCB Premiere)
  • Mercurial Manoeuvres

Kyle Abraham

  • The Runaway

Mauro Bigonzetti

  • Luce Nascosta

Warren Carlyle

  • SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT Jerome Robbins, Broadway to Ballet

Albert Evans

  • Broken Promise

Edwaard Liang

  • Lineage

Wayne McGregor

  • Outlier

Peter Martins

  • Bal de Couture
  • Grazioso
  • Viva Verdi

Justin Peck

  • New Blood
  • Year of the Rabbit

Alexei Ratmansky

  • Concerto DSCH

Liam Scarlett

  • Acheron

Troy Schumacher

  • Clearing Dawn

Susan Stroman

  • "The Blue Necklace" from Double Feature (Mabel)

Richard Tanner

  • Soirée

Christopher Wheeldon

  • Shambards

Anatomy of a Dance

Ashley Bouder on The Four Seasons

The final movement of this Jerome Robbins ballet is a big party for Ashley Bouder that lets her bring sensuality and fun to the pas de deux. It’s also a virtuosic moment, with lots of technical challenges that must be performed with absolute precision.

Inside The Repertory

Ashley Bouder on Serenade

Principal Dancer Ashley Bouder talks about why dancing Serenade is amazing for both the corps and the principals, and why Balanchine's first ballet in America is still relevant today.


In 2002, Ms. Bouder appeared in the nationally televised Live from Lincoln Center broadcast "New York City Ballet's Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography" on PBS, dancing in Mercurial Manoeuvres. In 2011, Ms. Bouder danced the role of Dewdrop in PBS' Live from Lincoln Center telecast of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®, which was also screened in movie theaters around the world.


Ms. Bouder is the recipient of a 2019 Benois de la Dance award for best female dancer. She was a recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise in 2000 and was the Janice Levin Dancer Honoree for 2002-2003.

Portrait © Erin Baiano