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Joined ABT 2011 / Principal since 2020
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Cassandra Trenary, a native of Georgia, began her dance training at Lawrenceville School of Ballet. She joined the school’s company, Southern Ballet Theatre, in 2006 under the direction of Phyllis Allen and went on to receive 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 ABT Studio Company) on their European tour as an apprentice. 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 and to Principal Dancer in September 2020.
Her repertory with ABT includes His Loss in AfterEffect, Calliope in Apollo, Gamzatti and a Shade in La Bayadère, the Fairy Spring in Cinderella, Gulnare and an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Lycenion in Daphnis and Chloe, the Dryad Queen, a Flower Girl and Amour in Don Quixote, The Maiden in Firebird, the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Golden Cockerel in The Golden Cockerel, Columbine in Harlequinade, Mrs. Fairfax and Bertha Mason in Jane Eyre, Lescaut’s Mistress in Manon, Columbine, the Chinese Dance and one of the Nutcracker’s Sisters in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Olga in Onegin, a Carnival Dancer in Othello, the Youngest Sister in Pillar of Fire, a Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, The Rose in The Seasons, Princess Aurora, the Diamond Fairy and the Fairy Canari qui chante (Canary) in The Sleeping Beauty, the Young Girl in Le Spectre de la Rose, the pas de trois, a little swan and the Polish Princess in Swan Lake, Ceres in Sylvia, Princess Praline in Whipped Cream, leading roles in Chamber Symphony, I Feel The Earth Move, Souvenir d’un lieu cher and Symphonic Variations and featured roles in After You, Bach Partita, Deuce Coupe, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, In the Upper Room, Private Light, Raymonda Divertissements and Sinfonietta. She created a Consort in A Gathering of Ghosts, Bacchante in The Seasons, Princess Florine in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, leading roles in AFTERITE, Her Notes and A Time There Was and a featured role in Dream within a Dream (deferred). For ABT’s Innovation Initiative, she was featured in Zhong-Jing Fang’s The Final Frame (2011) and Gemma Bond’s Me and Mine (2014).
Trenary was named a 2011 National YoungArts Foundation Winner and became a 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts nominee. She is also the recipient of a 2015 Princess Grace Dance Honorarium. In 2017, Trenary received the Annenberg Fellowship for Dance.
ABT is grateful to Amy and Gary Churgin for supporting the Dancer Fund in honor of Cassandra Trenary.
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