Originally from Syracuse, NY, Evelyn Kocak studied for three years at the School of American Ballet and attended summer programs at Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell.
In November 2004, Ms. Kocak joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice where she performed in several George Balanchine ballets including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Harlequinade, Symphony in Three Movements, Ballo della Regina, Cortège Hongrois, Emeralds in Jewels, and Stars and Stripes. In November 2005, she joined The Suzanne Farell Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet and performed in Balanchine’s La Source, La Valse, Divertimento No. 15, and Don Quixote. With The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Ms. Kocak had the opportunity to appear on the live television broadcast of The Kennedy Center Honors in 2005 and at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2006.
In 2006, Ms. Kocak danced with the Staatsballett Berlin as a member of the Corps de Ballet for four seasons. There, she performed in such works as La Bayadère, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia, Kenneth McMillan’s Manon, John Cranko’s Onegin, and originated a role in Mauro Bigonzetti’s Caravaggio.
Ms. Kocak returned to the states to join Pennsylvania Ballet at the beginning of the 2010-2011 season. With the Company, she has performed featured roles in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre), George Balanchine’s Agon (First Pas de Trois) and Raymonda Variations (Variation VII), Alexei Ratmansky's Jeu de Cartes, Robert Weiss's Messiah, Trey McIntyre's Peter Pan (Wendy), and Jerome Robbins' N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz. She has originated a role in Matthew Neenan's Beside them, they dwell.
Ms. Kocak was promoted to Soloist Dancer for the 2012-2013 Season.