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Joined ABT 2012
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Claire Davison was born in Boulder, Colorado. Davison received her initial ballet training at the Boulder Ballet School on full scholarship. She attended the Boston Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, School of American Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School summer programs on scholarship. Davison was awarded third place at the Denver Ballet Guild Young Dancers Competition and was a finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York City in 2009. Davison was recognized as an international Young Medalist and performed at the International Ballet Festival of Miami. She joined the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in 2010 and received the Ron and Toby Altman scholarship at that time.
Davison joined ABT as an apprentice in November 2012 and the corps de ballet in June 2013. Her repertoire includes Berthe in Giselle, Good Fairy in Harlequinade, Madame in Manon, Nanny and Sugar Plum Fairy in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Olga’s Mother in On the Dnieper, the Queen Mother in Swan Lake and a featured role in Deuce Coupe.
Davison has created two works for ABT’s choreographic workshops: Mais Oui, Dansez! (2014) for The Innovation Initiative and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (2019) for ABT Incubator. Other choreography includes One of Us (2019) for Boulder Ballet, in collaboration with composer Paul Fowler, and Por Ti (2021), with 3AM Theatre, Jeff Seal, and Tyler West, for the Kaatsbaan Summer Festival. In 2021, she was a selected choreographer for New York Theatre Ballet’s LIFT Lab. Davison received a 2021 Bindlestiff Family Cirkus First of May Award, a grant she is using to create the one-woman show Crash Test Dummy in 2022. Also in 2022, Davison is choreographing a new work for American Repertory Ballet, set to the music of Fleetwood Mac, and collaborating with the Lenape Center. She is a selected choreographer for the 2022 ABT Incubator.
ABT is grateful to Kathleen and Matthew Baldwin for supporting the Dancer Fund in honor of Claire Davison.