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About


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About


ABOUT US

BalletNext is a New York City based ballet company produces and performs new choreography, en-pointe, set to live music.

Led by Artistic Director, Michele Wiles who founded the company after leaving her role as principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre; BalletNext brings together leading classically trained dancers, choreographers, composers, and musicians to create work in an environment that encourages risk taking and a focus on process.

photo: Stephanie Berger

photo: Stephanie Berger

New Choreography

We work with today's leading choreographers to create an all new repertory.

En Pointe

Today's leading classically trained dancers perform en pointe.

Live Music

Every performance is to live music including violin, cello, harpsichord, and piano.

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Michele Wiles


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Michele Wiles


Michele Wiles, Artistic Director

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photo: Nir Arieli

Michele Wiles, artistic director and dancer of BalletNext found the company in 2011 with the vision to pair classically trained dancers and live musicians in a collaborative setting that encourages risk taking and a focus on process during the creation of high quality work. 

Michele was born in Baltimore, Maryland and at age 10 moved to Washington D.C. to train at the Kirov Academy on full scholarship. She was a Gold Medal winner at the 18th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria a Bronze Medal winner in Nagoya, Japan and a finalist at the Paris International Dance Competition. She was a Princess Grace Foundation – U.S.A. Dance Fellowship recipient for 1999–2000 and won the Erik Bruhn Prize in 2002.  She joined American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company in 1997 and joined American Ballet Theatre in 1998.  She was promoted to soloist in 2000 and to principal in 2005. In 2011, she left that position to start BalletNext.

In addition to leading BalletNext as artistic director and dancer, Michele is choreographing. Her first work, All the Drops of Water, to music by Max Richter was created in 2013. Her second work, Querencia, a work for 3 women and one violinist to music by Henrich Biber was created for the Columbia Ballet Collaborative and premiered at the Miller Theatre in May 2014. Her most recent work, Ushuaia, also to music by Heinrich Biber was created in residence at Kaatsbaan in the summer of 2014.

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Artists


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Artists


DANCERS

Michele Wiles
 

Gracie Huber

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photo: Paul B. Goode

Tiffany Mangulabnan

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photo: Allen Parseghian

Nicolas de la Vega

Jessica Tretter

Landes Dixon


Amy Saunder
 

GUEST ARTISTS & MUSICIANS

Jay Donn
Flex Dancer

Liv Heym
Violinist

Chris Lancaster
Electro-Acoustic Cellist Composer

CHOREOGRAPHERS

Michele Wiles

Mauro Bigonzetti
 

Peter Quanz

photo: Brook Pifer

photo: Brook Pifer

Brian Reeder

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Repertory


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Repertory


REPERTORY

photo: Paul B. Goode

photo: Paul B. Goode

La Follia by Mauro Bigonzetti

photo: Stephanie Berger

photo: Stephanie Berger

Different Homes by Brian Reeder

photo: Stephanie Berger

photo: Stephanie Berger

Picnic by Brian Reeder

photo: Paul B. Goode

photo: Paul B. Goode

BachGround by Mauro Bigonzetti

photo: Stephanie Berger

photo: Stephanie Berger

Surmisable Units by Brian Reeder

Querencia by Michele Wiles