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Michele Wiles as Odette in Swan Lake.
Photo:Rosalie O'Connor.



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MICHELE WILES PROMOTED TO PRINCIPAL DANCER

 
6/28/2005 - Michele Wiles has been promoted to Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, it was announced yesterday by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Wiles received her early training in Washington, D.C. At the age of ten, she received a full scholarship to the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. where she studied for six years. Wiles also participated in the summer programs at The Joffrey Ballet and The Royal Ballet before joining American Ballet Theatreís Studio Company in 1997.

Wiles joined American Ballet Theatre in 1998 and was promoted to Soloist in August 2000. Her roles with the Company include Gamzatti in La BayadŤre, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Medora in Le Corsaire, Myrta in Giselle and the title roles in Raymonda and Sylvia. She has also danced leading roles in George Balanchineís Ballet Imperial, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Symphony in C and Theme and Variations, Twyla Tharpís The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Martha Grahamís Diversion of Angels, JirŪ KyliŠnís Petite Mort and Sinfonietta and William Forsytheís workwithinwork.