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Teresa Reichlen was born in Clifton, Virginia. She began her dance training at the age of 10 at the Russell School of Ballet with Thomas and Illona Russell, Mary Rogers, and Margaret McGarry.

In 1999, Ms. Reichlen studied at the summer program of the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. She entered SAB full-time in the fall of the same year.

In October 2000, Ms. Reichlen became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in October 2001 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.

In January 2005, Ms. Reichlen was promoted to the rank of soloist and in October 2009 was promoted to principal dancer.


  • Agon
  • Apollo (Polyhymnia)
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet
  • Chaconne
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Coppélia (Dawn)
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • Episodes
  • Firebird
  • The Four Temperaments
  • "Emeralds" from Jewels
  • Harlequinade (La Bonne Fée)
  • Ivesiana (In the Inn)
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania, Hippolyta)
  • Monumentum pro Gesualdo
  • Movement for Piano and Orchestra
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Coffee, Flowers)
  • Orpheus (Eurydice)
  • Prodigal Son
  • Raymonda Variations
  • Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze"
  • "Rubies" from Jewels
  • Serenade
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
  • Stars and Stripes
  • Swan Lake (Odette)
  • Symphony in C (Second Movement)
  • Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (Élégie)
  • Union Jack
  • Vienna Waltzes
  • Walpurgisnacht Ballet
  • Western Symphony (Rondo)
  • Who Cares?


  • Bournonville Divertissements (Pas de Deux from Flower Festival in Genzano)


  • Red Angels


  • Slice to Sharp


  • Herman Schmerman Pas de Deux


  • Barber Violin Concerto
  • The Chairman Dances
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • Morgen
  • Naïve and Sentimental Music
  • River of Light
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Carabosse, Diamond)
  • Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Pas de Quatre, Russian, Princess)
  • Symphonic Dances
  • Thou Swell


  • The Exchange


  • Voices


  • Antique Epigraphs
  • The Cage
  • Concertino
  • Fanfare (Harp)
  • The Four Seasons (Summer)
  • Glass Pieces
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • Moves


  • After The Rain
  • DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse (NYCB Premiere)
  • Les Carillons
  • Polyphonia
  • This Bitter Earth

Mauro Bigonzetti

  • Luce Nascosta

Peter Martins

  • Bal de Couture

Benjamin Millepied

  • Plainspoken

Justin Peck

  • Everywhere We Go
  • Year of the Rabbit

Troy Schumacher

  • Clearing Dawn
  • Common Ground

Mauro Bigonzetti

  • In Vento

Boris Eifman

  • Musagète

Robert La Fosse

  • Land of Nod

Peter Martins

  • Chichester Psalms

Susan Stroman

  • Double Feature

Christopher Wheeldon

  • Carnival of the Animals

Anatomy of a Dance

Teresa Reichlen on George Balanchine's DIAMONDS

Attentiveness and concentration is required to bring George Balanchine’s Diamonds to life, and in the regal pas de deux, Teresa Reichlen elaborates about how she works with Russell Janzen to create a story that feels like the debut of two young royals.


Ms. Reichlen was the Janice Levin Dancer Honoree for 2004-2005.

Portrait © Paul Kolnik

Anatomy of a Dance

Teresa Reichlen on George Balanchine's SYMPHONY IN C

Principal dancer Teresa Reichlen talks about how class technique translates to the stage in Balanchine’s iconic Symphony in C, and how she developed a new level of trust in her partner while dancing the 2nd movement ballerina role.

Anatomy of a Dance

Teresa Reichlen on Union Jack

Teresa Reichlen dives into the nostalgic tunes and intricate footwork that shape the Royal Canadian Air Force section of Balanchine’s Union Jack.