About Ashley Bouder
New York, NY
Ashley Bouder (CBA ’19) trained at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the School of American Ballet, and has been a dancer at the New York City Ballet for 18 years, 13 as a principal dancer. She has guest-starred at internationally renowned companies such as the Paris Opera and the Mariinsky and in ballet galas all over the world. Bouder’s awards include the Mae L. Wien Award, the Janice Levin Honor, two Dance Open Awards, and a Benois de la Danse nomination. Her choreographic accomplishments include the SAB Choreographic workshop, a piece for the NYCB Dancer’s Choice Program, and a work for the Ashley Bouder Project (ABP). As founder of the ABP, she actively recruits women and marginalized individuals to give them voices in creative and leadership roles in the dance and arts world.
Gender Fluidity in the Pas de Deux
At The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, Bouder will create choreography for a film that will showcase ballet’s potential to demonstrate gender fluidity. Although we associate the pas de deux with a male/female identity, Bouder wonders what would transpire if we stripped away gender and made the dance about the connection of two people in a specific place and time.