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Emily Kikta was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and began her dance training at the Thomas Studio of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh before studying at the Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh.

Ms. Kikta began studying at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summer 2006 course and enrolled as a full-time student in 2008.

Ms. Kikta became an apprentice with NYCB in October 2010 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2011.

Ms. Kikita was promoted to the rank of soloist in January 2022.

Photo © Paul Kolnik


  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (First Movement)
  • Chaconne
  • Coppélia (War and Discord)
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • Episodes
  • The Four Temperaments
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Coffee, Dewdrop, Flowers, Sugarplum Fairy)
  • Raymonda Variations
  • "Rubies" from Jewels
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Diamond)
  • Swan Lake
  • Symphony in C
  • La Valse
  • Western Symphony


  • Herman Schmerman


  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hippolyta)
  • Swan Lake (Hungarian, Queen)


  • Everywhere We Go
  • Partita


  • The Cage


  • Bartók Ballet

Kyle Abraham

  • Love Letter (on shuffle)

Sidra Bell

  • pixelation in a wave (Within Wires)

Silas Farley

  • Architects of Time

Peter Martins

  • Ocean's Kingdom (Amazon Women)

Jamar Roberts

  • Emanon – In Two Movements

Pam Tanowitz

  • Bartók Ballet

Peter Walker

  • ten in seven

Justin Peck

  • Principia

Troy Schumacher

  • The Wind Still Brings

Anatomy of a Dance

Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet with Emily Kikta

Emily Kikta describes her solo in the first movement of Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, the first plotless work Balanchine choreographed for the much larger stage of our Lincoln Center home, and how it prepares the stage for the extravagance, elegance, and exuberance to come with her dramatic entrance.