Photo Credit: New York City Ballet

Photo Credit: New York Social Diary


Claire Kretzschmar is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. A sparkling yet driven personality, she is also a part-time Fordham University student who loves food, family, friends, and exploring all that the world has to offer.

In 2012, as a new Corps de Ballet dancer Claire Kretzschmar had a featured role made on her in a new ballet, Mes Oiseaux.  Peter Martins choreographed the piece to showcase fledgling dancers Lauren Lovette, Ashly Isaacs, Claire Kretzschmar and Taylor Stanley, saving the adagio for Claire, showcasing her long lines.  Additionally, the role was accompanied by an original costume made for her by couture designer Gilles Mendel.  Performing in  Mes Oiseaux (pictured) for the 2012 New York City Ballet Gala, she is described by Dance Review Times as “blond and flexible, with perfect turn out, her all-American features, while delicately feminine, are also boyish and gamine…..With balance and aplomb, she danced in extreme positions but remained pure.”

Watch Claire Kretzschmar on Peter Martins MES OISEAUX Video

Claire Kretzschmar, "Rubies" at UNCSA

Claire Kretzschmar, “Rubies” at UNCSA

Claire was born in Glendale, Arizona and later moved with her family to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. There she began her dance training at the Academy of Dance Arts.  She later studied at the Wake Forest Community Ballet and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Ms. Kretzschmar began studying at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summers of 2006 through 2009, and enrolled as a full time student in 2009. In November 2010 she became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2011.

Favorite Quote: “Adventure is out there!”  Up

She has performed in New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker, Union Jack, Swan Lake, Four Temperaments, Symphony in C and others.  She cites that her favorite corps parts to dance include Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements and the role of “Coffee” in Nutcracker.

“Make the most of your dancing experiences
and perform as if it is your last performance.”

Dancer Answer: Advice for Aspiring Young Dancers

Q: From @teendance5678, “What is your advice regarding auditions?”

A: Claire, Have a clean look, no need for fancy leotards, your dancing will shine through. Be very present in your demeanor; show them that you really want to be there and show whoever is watching that this is what you really want.
Coffee Photo Credit: Paul Kolnik

Coffee Photo Credit: Paul Kolnik

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