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2019 Stars of the Corps: 10 Young Dancers That Stand Out in a Crowd

New York City Ballet's Mira Nadon as the Courage Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. Erin Baiano, Courtesy NYCB.

Here are 10 corps de ballet dancers we're swooning over. Click their names and photos to learn more!


Courtney Lavine, American Ballet Theatre

Courtney Lavine in Marcelo Gomes' AfterEffect. Rosalie O'Connor, Courtesy ABT.

Sage Humphries, Boston Ballet

From left: Sage Humphries and Lauren Herfindahl in John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet. Liza Voll, Courtesy Boston Ballet.


Mira Nadon, New York City Ballet

Mira Nadon in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Erin Baiano, Courtesy NYCB.

Christopher D'Ariano, Pacific Northwest Ballet

Christopher D'Ariano with PNB soloist Leah Merchant in Robyn Mineko Williams' The Trees The Trees. Angela Sterling, Courtesy PNB.

Tommie Kesten, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Tommie Kesten in The Sleeping Beauty with Lucius Kirst. Rich Sofranko, Courtesy Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Edson Barbosa, The Joffrey Ballet

Edson Barbosa in Swan Lake. Cheryl Mann, Courtesy The Joffrey Ballet.

Mayumi Enokibara, Miami City Ballet

Mayumi Enokibara in Miami City Ballet's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy MCB.

Adelaide Clauss, The Washington Ballet

Adelaide Clauss and Tamás Krizsa perform Swan Lake's Act II pas de deux. Gene Witkowski, Courtesy The Washington Ballet.

Jasmine Jimison, San Francisco Ballet

Jasmine Jimison as the Fairy of Playfulness in The Sleeping Beauty. Erik Tomasson, Courtesy SFB.

Yuria Isaka, Staatsballett Berlin

Yan Revazov, Courtesy Staatsballett Berlin.

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