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Daniel Ulbricht was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and began his dance training at the age of 11. At age 15, Ulbricht was invited by the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, to continue his training. As a student at SAB, Ulbricht performed with New York City Ballet as a Jester in Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty. In December 2000, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and in November 2001 he joined the company as a member of the corps de ballet. Ulbricht was promoted to the rank of soloist in January 2005 and principal dancer in May 2007. During his time there, he has danced featured roles in a number of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, and Christopher Wheeldon ballets including George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Tarantella, Stars and Stripes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mozartiana, The Nutcracker, Symphony in 3, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier; Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free, Interplay, Four Seasons, and A Suite of Dances; and Peter Martins’s Jeu de Cartes, Hallelujah Junction, Eight More, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Romeo + Juliet, among many others. Ulbricht has also danced Tarantella at the 2004 Kennedy Center Honors to celebrate the Balanchine Centenary. He has also performed at a number of national and international festivals and galas. Ulbricht is a guest teacher at the School of American Ballet, Ballet Academy East, as well as, teaching at a number of well-known national dance schools, private schools, and universities throughout the United States. Ulbricht is currently the Director of Programming at Manhattan Youth Ballet. Ulbricht is also the Artistic Director of New York State Summer School for the Arts in Saratoga Springs, New York. Ulbricht is also founder and director of “Stars of American Ballet”, a touring group focusing on high art, education and outreach. Ulbricht is also the co-founder and producer of “Dance Against Cancer”, an annual benefit for the American Cancer Society. Ulbricht is also on the board of the National Dance Institute.