Photo Credit: Ellen Crane

Photo Credit: Ellen Crane

Ashlee Knapp Stewart

Director

Ashlee Knapp Stewart started her ballet training in Omaha when she was eight years old under the tutelage of Robin Welsh. At age twelve, Miss Ashlee spent a year at The Rock School. At age thirteen, she accepted a full scholarship to study at the School of American Ballet (SAB), where she won the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise, as well as the prestigious Princess Grace Award.  During her time at SAB, Miss Ashlee toured with the New York City Ballet and performed an original featured role choreographed by former artistic director, Peter Martins. In 2001, Miss Ashlee joined the New York City Ballet at age fifteen.

While at the New York City Ballet, Miss Ashlee learned over forty ballets and performed full‐time at Lincoln Center.  She originated roles in Christopher Wheeldon's "Carnival of the Animals", Peter Martins' "Romeo and Juliet", and Robert La Fosse’s "Land of Nod".  She toured with the company to Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen, and appeared in the PBS documentary “Bringing Back Balanchine.”  Miss Ashlee retired after seven years of performing professionally.  

Miss Ashlee began her teaching career at Columbia University’s Columbia Ballet Collaborative (CBC) program. In the fall of 2009, Miss Ashlee became a permanent faculty member of The Ballet Class. Along with her work at The Ballet Class, Miss Ashlee has taught for the Pacific Ballet Academy in Mountain View, CA,  Allegheny Ballet Company in Altoona, PA, Ballet Theater Company in Hartford, CT and Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary, NC. She has been commissioned five times by the Stamford Symphony to choreograph for its annual “American Experience” children's show.  In 2013, Miss Ashlee was one of twenty-three ballet school directors and teachers invited by SAB to attend its National Teachers Weekend.

 In the summer of 2018, Miss Ashlee was named the Director of The Ballet Class.