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Unity Phelan was born in Princeton, New Jersey and began her dance training at the age of five at the Princeton Ballet School, where her teachers included Douglas Martin, Maria Youskevitch, and Mary Barton.

During the summers of 2008 and 2009, Ms. Phelan attended the summer sessions at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, and enrolled as a full-time student in fall of 2009.

She became an apprentice with NYCB in December 2012 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2013.

In February 2017, Ms. Phelan was promoted to the rank of soloist, and in October 2021, she was promoted to principal dancer.

Portrait © Erin Baiano


  • Agon
  • Apollo
  • Chaconne
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Coppélia (War & Discord)
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • "Emeralds" from Jewels
  • Episodes
  • Haieff Divertimento
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • The Four Temperaments
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena, Titania)
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Flowers, Hot Chocolate)
  • Opus 19/The Dreamer
  • Orpheus (Bacchantes)
  • La Sonnambula
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto
  • Swan Lake
  • Symphony in C
  • Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3(Scherzo)
  • Union Jack
  • Vienna Waltzes
  • Walpurgisnacht Ballet
  • Western Symphony
  • Who Cares?


  • The Blue of Distance


  • Herman Schmerman


  • Black Swan Pas de Deux
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • The Infernal Machine
  • The Red Violin
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Diamond, Courage, Emerald, Princess Aurora)
  • Swan Lake (Pas de Trois, Pas de Quatre, Russian, Princess)


  • Belles-Lettres
  • Copland Dance Episodes
  • The Decalogue
  • Everywhere We Go
  • Pulcinella Variations


  • Namouna, A Grand Divertissement
  • Odesa
  • Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Russian Seasons


  • Afternoon of a Faun
  • Antique Epigraphs
  • Brandenburg
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • The Four Seasons (Fall)
  • Glass Pieces
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • In G Major
  • Les Noces
  • Moves
  • Piano Pieces


  • After the Rain Pas de Deux
  • DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse
  • Liturgy
  • Polyphonia

Pontus Lidberg

  • The Shimmering Asphalt

Lauren Lovette

  • For Clara
  • The Shaded Line

Andrea Miller

  • new song

Matthew Neenan

  • The Exchange

Justin Peck

  • Easy
  • Rotunda

Alexei Ratmansky

  • Voices

Gianna Reisen

  • Play Time

Jamar Roberts

  • Emanon – In Two Movements

Christopher Wheeldon

  • American Rhapsody

Warren Carlyle

  • SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT Jerome Robbins, Broadway to Ballet


  • Les Bosquets

Justin Peck

  • The Most Incredible Thing

Inside The Repertory

George Balanchine's AGON

 The pas de deux from Balanchine's Agon as interpreted by Principal Dancers Adrian Danchig-Waring and Unity Phelan.

Screen Test

Unity Phelan

Unity Phelan shares a bit about her magical childhood in Princeton, a penchant for sour candy, and the wonderment of sharing space with the energy of countless ballet greats.

Anatomy of a Dance


Unity Phelan walks us through the cat-and-mouse pacing of Peter Martins' The Infernal Machine.