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Maria Kowroski was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she began her ballet training at age seven with the School of Grand Rapids Ballet.

Ms. Kowroski entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 1992.

She became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in the summer of 1994 and was invited to join the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in January of 1995.

In the spring of 1997, Ms. Kowroski was promoted to the rank of soloist and in the spring of 1999, she was promoted to principal dancer.

GEORGE BALANCHINE

  • Agon
  • Apollo
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (Fourth Movement)
  • Bugaku
  • Chaconne
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • "Diamonds" from Jewels
  • Episodes
  • "Emeralds" from Jewels
  • Firebird
  • The Four Temperaments
  • Ivesiana
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania)
  • Monumentum pro Gesualdo
  • Movements for Piano and Orchestra
  • Mozartiana
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Coffee)
  • Prodigal Son
  • Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze"
  • "Rubies" from Jewels
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto
  • Swan Lake
  • Serenade
  • Symphony in C (Second Movement)
  • Union Jack (R.C.A.F. and Wrens)
  • La Valse
  • Variations pour une Porte et un Soupir
  • Vienna Waltzes

ULYSSES DOVE

  • Red Angels

ELIOT FELD

  • The Unanswered Question

WILLIAM FORSYTHE

  • Herman Schmerman Pas de Deux

ROBERT LA FOSSE

  • Concerto in Five Movements

PETER MARTINS

  • Harmonielehre
  • Jazz (Six Syncopated Movements)
  • Morgen
  • Naïve and Sentimental Music
  • River of Light
  • Romeo + Juliet (Lady Capulet)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Carabosse, Diamond)
  • Sophisticated Lady
  • Swan Lake
  • Suite from Histoire du Soldat
  • Todo Buenos Aires
  • The Waltz Project

ALEXEI RATMANSKY

  • Middle Duet
  • Russian Seasons

JEROME ROBBINS

  • Antique Epigraphs
  • The Cage
  • The Concert
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Fanfare
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • I'm Old Fashioned
  • In G Major
  • In Memory Of...
  • In the Night
  • Moves
  • Piano Pieces

RICHARD TANNER

  • Ancient Airs and Dances
  • Schoenberg/Wuorinen Variations
  • Sonatas and Interludes

CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

  • After the Rain Pas de Deux
  • Carnival of the Animals
  • DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse (NYCB Premiere)
  • Liturgy
  • Polyphonia

Mauro Bigonzetti

  • In Vento
  • Luce Nascosta
  • Oltremare
  • Vespro

Boris Eifman

  • Musagète

Jorma Elo

  • Slice to Sharp

Eliot Feld

  • Organon

Douglas Lee

  • Lifecasting

Edwaard Liang

  • Lineage

Peter Martins

  • Bal de Couture
  • Them Twos
  • Thou Swell

Wayne McGregor

  • Outlier

Benjamin Millepied

  • Double Aria

Matthew Neenan

  • The Exchange

Justin Peck

  • Everywhere We Go

Susan Stroman

  • "The Blue Necklace" from Double Feature (Dorothy Brooks)
  • "Blossom Got Kissed" from Duke!

Helgi Tomasson

  • Prism

Christopher Wheeldon

  • After the Rain
  • Les Carillons
  • Variations Sérieuses

Anatomy of a Dance

Maria Kowroski on Balanchine’s AGON

Maria Kowroski discusses how this Balanchine classic is, at its root, the story of a relationship. Agon translates as “contest” in Greek, and the ballet’s central pas de deux is a back-and-forth conversation between a couple, manifested in physical form.

OTHER PERFORMANCES

In May of 2002, Ms. Kowroski appeared in the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of "New York City Ballet's Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography," dancing in Them Twos and Red Angels, and in May of 2004 she appeared in the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of "Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine 100," dancing in Concerto Barocco.

Ms. Kowroski has performed as a guest artist with the Maryinsky Ballet in productions of Swan Lake and Jewels, as well as with the Munich Ballet in Apollo and Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet.

HONORS

Ms. Kowroski was the recipient of the Princess Grace Award in 1994.

Portrait © Peter Hurley

Anatomy of a Dance

Maria Kowroski on MOZARTIANA

The lead role in this late-career Balanchine work often goes to to the most senior ballerina in the company. Maria Kowroski had to wait her turn, and it was worth it – the musicality of the work gives her space to interpret the steps in a manner that’s both individual and reflective.