Skylar Brandt was born in Purchase, New York and began her training at the age of six with teachers Diana White and Christian Claessens at Scarsdale Ballet Studio. She also studied with Valentina Kozlova, Fabrice Herrault, and Susan Jaffe. She attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre from 2005-2009 under the direction of Franco De Vita. Brandt spent five summers at ABT's New York Summer Intensive, was a National Training Scholar from 2006-2009 and also received the Bender Foundation Scholarship in 2009. She performed the Flames of Paris pas de deux, Swanilda in Coppélia, the Act I pas de trois from Swan Lake, the lead in Les Sylphides and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.
Brandt was a silver medalist at Youth America Grand Prix in 2004 and 2008. As a student, she performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in The Royal Ballet's Cinderella, ABT's Le Corsaire, Coppélia, The Sleeping Beauty and ABT's 2009 Spring Gala. Brandt was invited to dance for the Antony Tudor Centennial Celebration at the Juilliard School. In 2007, she choreographed and performed in a DVD for Capezio's national campaign.
Brandt joined ABT II in 2009 where her repertoire included Medora in the Le Corsaire pas de trois, Aurora from The Sleeping Beauty and leading roles in Aszure Barton's Barbara, Jodie Gates' A Taste of Sweet Velvet, Edwaard Liang's Ballo Per Sei and Jessica Lang's Vivacce Motifs. She also danced George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante and Jerome Robbins' Interplay.
Brandt became an apprentice with the main Company in November 2010 and joined the corps de ballet in June 2011. Her roles with the Company include a Shade in La Bayadère, the Fairy Spring in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, a Flower Girl in Don Quixote, the Canteen Keeper, the Chinese Dance and one of the Nutcracker's Sisters in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, the pas de trois and a little swan in Swan Lake and roles in Bach Partita, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Gong, In the Upper Room, Piano Concerto #1, Raymonda Divertissements and Sinfonietta.
Brandt has performed in several international gala performances.
Brandt was awarded a 2013 Princess Grace Foundation-USA Dance Fellowship.
Ms. Brandt's performances at American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by the Margaret King Moore Dancer Award.
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(Costa Mesa, California)