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Sterling Hyltin was born in Amarillo, Texas. She began her dance training at the age of six at the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, where she studied with Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson.

Ms. Hyltin entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full-time in the fall of 2000.

In October 2002, Ms. Hyltin became an apprentice with NYCB, and in June 2003 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.

In March of 2006 she was promoted to soloist. Ms. Hyltin was promoted to principal dancer in May 2007.


  • Apollo
  • Ballo della Regina
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (Second Movement)
  • Coppélia (Swanilda)
  • Danses Concertantes
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • Duo Concertant
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Marzipan, Dolls)
  • Harlequinade (Lead Alouette)
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Divertissement, Hermia, Butterfly)
  • Mozartiana
  • Orpheus (Eurydice)
  • Robert Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze
  • "Rubies" from Jewels
  • Scotch Symphony
  • Serenade
  • La Sonnambula
  • La Source
  • Stars and Stripes
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto
  • Swan Lake (Odette)
  • Symphony in C (Second and Third Movements)
  • Symphony in Three Movements
  • Tarantella
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (Theme and Variations)
  • Union Jack (Scottish and Canadian Guards Regiments and Royal Navy)
  • La Valse
  • Vienna Waltzes
  • Western Symphony (Adagio)
  • Who Cares?


  • Vespro


  • La Sylphide (The Sylph [NYCB Premiere])


  • Barber Violin Concerto
  • Calcium Light Night
  • Hallelujah Junction
  • Jeu de Cartes
  • Morgen
  • Naïve and Sentimental Music
  • Papillons
  • River of Light
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, Eloquence, White Cat, Princess Florine)
  • Songs of the Auvergne
  • Stabat Mater
  • Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Pas de Quatre, Pas de Trois)
  • Symphonic Dances
  • Thou Swell


  • La Stravaganza


  • Concerto DSCH
  • Namouna, A Grand Divertissement
  • Pictures at an Exhibition


  • 2 & 3 Part Inventions
  • Afternoon of a Faun
  • The Cage
  • The Concert
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Dybbuk
  • Fancy Free
  • Fanfare (Flutes)
  • The Four Seasons (Spring, Winter)
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • In G Major
  • In the Night
  • Interplay
  • Opus 19/The Dreamer


  • "The Blue Necklace" from Double Feature


  • Les Carillons
  • Polyphonia

Robert Binet

  • The Blue of Distance

Kim Brandstrup

  • Jeux

Jean-Pierre Frohlich

  • Varied Trio (in four)

Douglas Lee

  • Lifecasting

Pontus Lidberg

  • The Shimmering Asphalt

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

  • Unframed

Wayne McGregor

  • Outlier

Peter Martins

  • Bal de Couture
  • Romeo + Juliet (Juliet)
  • The Red Violin

Benjamin Millepied

  • Neverwhere
  • Plainspoken

Alexey Miroshnichenko

  • The Lady with The Little Dog

Justin Peck

  • Everywhere We Go
  • The Most Incredible Thing (The Princess)
  • Paz de la Jolla
  • Pulcinella Variations

Alexei Ratmansky

  • Odessa

Christopher Wheeldon

  • Rococo Variations

Anatomy of a Dance

Sterling Hyltin on George Balanchine's RUBIES

Sterling Hyltin breaks down the playful and quirky pas de deux in George Balanchine’s Rubies, a singular work in his oeuvre which gives the dancers the chance to add their own flair in this flirtatious, sexy duet.


Ms. Hyltin is featured in the Magnolia Pictures documentary Ballet 422, which follows the creation of Justin Peck’s Paz de la Jolla.


Ms. Hyltin was the Janice Levin Dancer Honoree for 2005-2006.

Portrait © Paul Kolnik

Anatomy of a Dance

Sterling Hyltin on Everywhere We Go

Sterling Hyltin explores the exciting jumps and lifts in the second movement of Justin Peck’s ballet, and how some moments allow her to smile ‘hello’ to dancers waiting in the wings.