Cassandra Trenary, a native of Georgia, began training at Lawrenceville School of Ballet. She joined the school's company, Southern Ballet Theatre, in 2006 under the direction of Phyllis Allen. She performed various contemporary works with SBT in addition to full-length ballets. She received additional training at Southeast Regional Ballet Association conventions and Brookwood High School’s Dance department.
Trenary trained at American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive programs as a National Training Scholar and went on to join the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in 2009. In 2011, she was invited to join ABT II (now the ABT Studio Company) on their European tour. In April 2011 Trenary was offered an apprenticeship with ABT and, in November of that year, a corps de ballet contract. She was promoted to Soloist in August 2015.
Her repertory with ABT includes His Loss in AfterEffect, a Shade in La Bayadère, the Fairy Spring in Cinderella, an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Lead Maiden in Firebird, Golden Cockerel in The Golden Cockerel, Columbine, the Chinese Dance and one of the Nutcracker's Sisters in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, a Carnival Dancer in Othello, the Youngest Sister in Pillar of Fire, a Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora, the Diamond Fairy and the Fairy Canri qui chante (Canary) in The Sleeping Beauty, the Young Girl in Le Spectre de las Rose, the pas de trois, a little swan and the Polish Princess in Swan Lake, Ceres in Sylvia and roles in After You, Bach Partita, Chamber Symphony, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Private Light, Raymonda Divertissements and Sinfonietta. She created Princess Florine in Alexei Ratmansky's The Sleeping Beauty. From ABT’s Innovation Initiative, she was featured in Zhong-Jing Fang's The Final Frame and Gemma Bond’s Me and Mine.
Trenary was named a 2011 National YoungArts Foundation Winner and through YoungArts became a 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Nominee. She is also the recipient of a 2015 Princess Grace Dance Honorarium.
Trenary has been invited to perform as a guest artist in gala performances and companies internationally. She has been featured in projects such as Daniil Simkin’s INTENSIO and in work by Joshua Beamish of MOVE: the company.
Ms. Trenary's performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Amy and Gary Churgin.