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Isabella LaFreniere was born in Lambertville, Michigan, and began her dance training at the age of seven at the Northeast Academy of Dance under Giuseppe Canale and Scott Heinrich. At 11, she began studying with Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev, first at the Southold Dance Theatre in South Bend, Indiana, and then at the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago, Illinois.

She began studying at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, during the 2008 summer course, and enrolled as a full-time student during the 2010 winter term. She received additional training at the Chautauqua Institution and Pacific Northwest Ballet summer programs.

Ms. LaFreniere became an apprentice with NYCB in August 2013 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in June 2014.

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

HONORS

Ms. LaFreniere was a recipient of the 2013 Mae L. Wien Award.

Photo © Paul Kolnik

GEORGE BALANCHINE

  • Agon
  • Chaconne
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • Episodes
  • Firebird
  • The Four Temperaments
  • Harlequinade (Le Bonne Fée)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena)
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Dewdrop)
  • Raymonda Variations
  • "Rubies" from Jewels

MERCE CUNNINGHAM

  • Summerspace

PETER MARTINS

  • Bal de Couture
  • Black Swan Pas de Deux
  • Swan Lake (Spanish, Princess)

JUSTIN PECK

  • Everywhere We Go
  • Year of the Rabbit

JEROME ROBBINS

  • The Cage
  • Fanfare (Oboe)
  • The Four Seasons
  • Glass Pieces
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • Piano Pieces

CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

  • DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse

Sidra Bell

  • SUSPENDED ANIMATIONA

Pam Tanowitz

  • Law of Mosaics

JR

  • Les Bosquets

Justin Peck

  • Scherzo Fantastique

Christopher Wheeldon

  • American Rhapsody

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Isabella LaFreniere

It may not surprise viewers to learn that Isabella LaFreniere was as dedicated to her early-morning grade school jump rope team practices as to the SAB classes she would later enroll in. Learn why LaFreniere considers her mother her biggest hero, and which one ballet she'd choose to perform for the rest of her life.