Ashley Bouder
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Ashley Bouder
Ashley Bouder
Born (1983-12-10) December 10, 1983 (age 36)
EducationSchool of American Ballet
OccupationBallet dancer
Years active2000-present
Peter de Florio
ChildrenViolet Storm de Florio
Current groupNew York City Ballet

Ashley Bouder (; born December 10, 1983) is an American ballet dancer who is currently a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet. she also founded her own project, The Ashley Bouder Project.

Early life

Ashley Bouder was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She started ballet when she was six, at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In 1999, she attended the School of American Ballet, and was invited to stay and train at the winter session.[1]


New York City Ballet

Bouder joined the New York City Ballet as an apprentice in June 2000, and was promoted to the corps de ballet four months later. She was named a soloist in 2004 and a principal dancer the following year. She has danced Balanchine works such as The Nutcracker and Serenade, and new works such as Alexei Ratmansky's Concerto DSCH and Justin Peck's Pulcinella Variations.[1] In 2019, she won the Prix Benois de la Danse for dancing the role of Swanida in Coppélia.[2]

The Ashley Bouder Project

Bouder helms her own small company, The Ashley Bouder Project, that has mounted several innovative ballet productions in New York over the years, primarily centered on commissioning new works by women choreographers and composers, including her own. Dancers involved with the project include Bouder's NYCB colleagues, such as Sara Mearns, Taylor Stanley and Andrew Veyette.[3] Notable appearances have been at the Joyce Theater in 2015.[4] and at The Symphony Space in 2017, in collaboration with The New York Jazzharmonic.[5][6] This was the first time that an entire evening of ballet in varied styles was set solely to the accompaniment of a jazz orchestra.[]

Other ventures

Bouder has called ballet to embrace Feminism.[7][8]

She is a resident fellow at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University.[9]


  • Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise, 2000
  • Janice Levin Dancer Honoree, 2002-2003
  • Prix Benois de la Danse, 2019

Personal life

She is married to financier Peter de Florio and gave birth to their daughter, Violet Storm de Florio, on May 4, 2016.[10] As of 2018, she is studying political science at Fordham University part-time.[8]

Selected repertoire

Created roles

  • Kyle Abraham: The Runaway
  • Mauro Bigonzetti: Luce Nascosta
  • Warren Carlyle: SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT Jerome Robbins, Broadway to Ballet
  • Albert Evans: Broken Promise
  • Edwaard Liang: Lineage
  • Wayne McGregor: Outlier
  • Peter Martins: Bal de Couture, Grazioso, Viva Verdi
  • Justin Peck: New Blood, Year of the Rabbit
  • Alexei Ratmansky: Concerto DSCH
  • Liam Scarlett: Acheron
  • Troy Schumacher: Clearing Dawn
  • Susan Stroman: "The Blue Necklace" from Double Feature (Mabel)
  • Richard Tanner: Soirée
  • Christopher Wheeldon: Shambards


  1. ^ a b "Ashley Bouder". New York City Ballet. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ Brandt, Amy (22 May 2019). "NYCB's Ashley Bouder Takes Home a Benois de la Danse Award". Pointe Magazine.
  3. ^ "Dancers". The Ashley Bouder Project. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "Ashley Bouder leads the way". Retrieved .
  5. ^ Pandolfi, Christina. "BWW Review: THE ASHLEY BOUDER PROJECT Shines with Versatility". Retrieved .
  6. ^ "The Ashley Bouder Project: Leading Women". Retrieved .
  7. ^ Bouder, Ashley (9 April 2018). "Ashley Bouder: It's Time For Ballet To Embrace Feminism". Dance Magazine.
  8. ^ a b Burke, Siobhan (29 June 2018). "Ashley Bouder, the Feminist Ballerina With a Mission". New York Times.
  9. ^ "Ashley Bouder". The Center for Ballet and the Arts, NYU. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Ashley Bouder Is a Mom!". 4 May 2016. Retrieved 2019.

External links

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