Deborah Wingert began her training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under Marcia Dale Weary and became a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in New York. At the age of 16, she was selected by George Balanchine to join New York City Ballet. During her 15 years with the company, Ms. Wingert danced over 25 principal, solo, and featured roles in productions that include Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppelia, Orpheus, Symphony in C, Jewels, Who Cares?, Stars and Stripes, The Nutcracker, The Four Temperaments, and Mozartiana; Jerome Robbins’s The Concert and Antique Epigraphs, and Peter Martins’s The Sleeping Beauty. A principal and soloist with numerous nationally acclaimed companies, her film and television credits include George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Time-Warner), PBS Great Performances: Dinner With Balanchine; Dance in America: Balanchine — Serenade and Western Symphony; Peter Martins’s Concerto for Two Solo Pianos; and Live From Lincoln Center: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
As one of a small group of artists selected by the George Balanchine Trust to set his choreography, Wingert she has traveled throughout the United States, setting and staging the Balanchine repertoire for Butler University, Indiana University, Baltimore School for the Arts, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, to name a few.
Wingert is currently head faculty at Manhattan Youth Ballet. She has been a guest instructor for many companies and schools including Princeton University, Harvard University, University of California Santa Barbara, Dance Theater of Harlem, Jessica Lang Dance, Kyle Abraham: AIM, Sarasota Ballet, and Ballet Met, and Interlochen. She joined the Juilliard ballet faculty in 2017.
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Don’t let Deborah Wingert’s silvery hair fool you. Dressed in a black turtleneck and leggings, she unfurls her leg into an ear-height développé one Saturday afternoon while demonstrating adagio for her advanced students at Manhattan Youth Ballet.