Aaron Anker

Corps de Ballet

Meet Aaron

Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA
Aaron Anker began his training in Fredericksburg, VA at age 10. He later studied with Violette Verdy, Patricia McBride, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and Suzanne Farrell during summer programs at Boston Ballet, Carolina Ballet, the Chautauqua Institution, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, and the Rock School for Dance Education. Aaron joined Pennsylvania Ballet as an apprentice for our 2015/2016 season and was promoted to corps de ballet for the 2016/2017 season. He has performed featured roles in ballets that include Le Corsaire (Conrad), Don Quixote (Basilio), The Four Temperaments (Second Theme), and Trisha Brown’s O zlozony / O composite. Prior to Pennsylvania Ballet, Aaron pursued his Bachelor of Arts in ballet and Bachelor of Science in biology at Indiana University. During that time, he danced with Indiana University Ballet Theater, performing featured roles in works by George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Anthony Tudor, Violette Verdy, and Nicolo Fonte. As well, Aaron created the role of Amore for Tom Diamond’s production of Xerxes for Indiana University Opera.

PERSONAL QUOTE

“I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley.”
Airplane! (1980)

FUN FACT

Aaron is a big car guy. He never misses the Philadelphia Auto Show!

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Sponsoring a dancer is a fantastic way to show your personal support and helps them achieve their best! Learn More

Performance Highlights

With Pennsylvania Ballet:

  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Cavalier, Hot Chocolate)
  • Chicken Bone Brain (world premiere)
  • Ghost Stories (world premiere)
  • DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse

 

  • N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz
  • Cinderella
  • Square Dance
  • Western Symphony
  • Serenade

With Indiana University Ballet Theater:

  • Jewels (Rubies, Emeralds)
  • Donizetti Variations
  • The Four Temperaments
  • Dark Elegies
  • Variations for Eight
  • Left Unsaid
  • Duets
  • Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker

You may also like:

Artistic Staff

Pennsylvania Ballet’s artistic staff provides knowledgeable and adept leadership. Each artistic associate brings to the table an impressive list of accomplishments in the field, as well as a level of dedication, determination, and creative vision required to foster and cultivate a world-class organization.

Board & Staff

See all the individuals who bring the Ballet to life!

Season & Tickets

Whether you enjoy the grandeur and pageantry of full-length ballets or the breathtaking innovation of more contemporary works, our 54th season consists of a mixed repertoire designed to thrill and delight.