Cynthia Gregory is recognized as one of the foremost American ballerinas. She started her career in San Francisco Ballet, where she quickly rose to principal dancer. In 1965, Ms. Gregory joined American Ballet Theatre and went on to to dance with the company for 26 years. She also was guest artist for National Ballet of Canada, Zurich Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and Stuttgart Ballet. Her astonishing technique, strength and artistry caused the great Rudolf Nureyev to call her “America’s prima ballerina assoluta.”
Ms. Gregory received the Dance Magazine Award in 1975, and the New York Public Library designated her a “Lion of the Performing Arts” in 1989. She is Chairman Emerita for Career Transitions for Dancers.