Cassandra Trenary, ballet dancer

A native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, American Ballet Theatre Soloist Cassandra Trenary began training at Southern Ballet Theatre in 2006, studying not only ballet but also jazz, tap, modern dance, and hip-hop. After attending ABT’s Summer Intensive programs as a National Training Scholar, she joined ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in 2009. In 2011, she was offered an apprenticeship with ABT and, in November of that year, a corps de ballet contract. She was promoted to Soloist in 2015. With assistance from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund, she can reach “outside the comfort of the only company I have ever known” and stretch her artistic experience with coaching from three major companies: The Mariinsky, The Royal Ballet, and The Netherlands Dance Theatre — her “three destinations for learning.” She also plans to take acting classes to aid her in telling stories “with the utmost clarity and conviction,” focus on strength and conditioning, and create an abstract art film.

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