Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer Amy Aldridge Announces Retirement
Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer Amy Aldridge has announced she will retire after 23 seasons on stage with Pennsylvania Ballet, with a performance of George Balanchine's pas de deux from Rubies on Sunday, May 14 at 2pm at The Academy of Music.
"Amy is an exquisite dancer and exemplifies professionalism and what it means to be a principal dancer and a star," said Artistic Director Angel Corella. "I've admired her dancing for years, but after having the privilege to work with her I can now say I admire her as a person. She will always be a big part of the history of the Company. A performance of Rubies is the perfect way for us to celebrate her dedication, love, and passion for ballet during her time at Pennsylvania Ballet."
Born in Richmond, VA, Amy began her dance training at The School of Richmond Ballet and continued with The School of American Ballet and Boston Ballet before graduating from the North Carolina School for the Arts, where she received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence.
Amy joined Pennsylvania Ballet for the 1994-1995 season and quickly rose through the ranks and earned the position of Principal Dancer in 2001. She has performed principal roles in numerous works, including The Taming of the Shrew, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Sleeping Beauty, La Fille mal gardée, Square Dance, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Ballo della Regina, Theme and Variations, Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Allegro Brilliante, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Without Words, Petite Mort, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, The Second Detail, and most recently, Le Corsaire.
"I've spent 23 years of my life dedicated to this beautiful art form and it has given me so much in return," said Aldridge. "It feels right to retire this year with Rubies; I've always loved dancing Balanchine and Rubies has had a lasting impact on me since I first learned it."
Rubies, the second act of Balanchine's full-length ballet Jewels, is a clean, crisp piece which is influenced by Balanchine's experiences in urban America. Set to a jazz-inflected score by Igor Stravinsky, Rubies portrays the fast-paced and glamourous style of New York City.