Terra Hall 3RDaaldridge@uarts.edu
Amy Aldridge was born in Richmond, VA and began her dance training at the School of the Richmond Ballet and spent her summers studying at the School of American Ballet and the Boston Ballet School. She is a graduate of the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.
Aldridge joined the Pennsylvania Ballet in 1994 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2001 performing principal roles in numerous works, including The Taming of the Shrew, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Fille mal gardée, Alexei Ratmansky's Jeu de Cartes, and Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort. She has always had a passion for the Balanchine ballets and has danced principal roles in The Nutcracker™, Square Dance, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Ballo della Regina, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Rubies from Jewels, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Allegro Brillante and Theme and Variations. Aldridge has had the privilege of working one on one with many renowned choreographers over the years including Peter Martins, Christopher Wheeldon, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, William Forsythe, Liam Scarlett, David Dawson and Twyla Tharp and has created original roles in ballets for Dwight Rhoden, Trey McIntyre, Matthew Neenan, and Jorma Elo.
Aldridge has appeared internationally as part of the Sintra Festival in Portugal, the Northwest Phalen Tanz Festival in Germany (with choreographer Kevin O’Day) and with the Stars of New York Ballet in London. In May 2004, she performed as a guest artist with New York City Ballet dancing Tarantella as part of the George Balanchine Centennial Celebrations. She has also appeared with BalletX in Neenan’s Broke Apart, Elo’s Scenes View 2, and at Jacob’s Pillow in Summer 2006.
In May of 2017 Aldridge retired from the Pennsylvania Ballet with George Balanchine's Rubies pas de deux. After 23 years on the stage with the company she will return in the Fall to work with the dancers and coach the Balanchine repertoire.