Skylar Brandt was born in Purchase, New York and began training at the age of six at Scarsdale Ballet Studio. 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. 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, George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante and Jerome Robbins' Interplay, among other leading roles. 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 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, a little swan in Swan Lake and roles in Bach Partita, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, and In the Upper Room. Brandt’s principal repertoire includes Mark Morris’ Gong and Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1. Brandt has performed in several international galas. She is featured in the movie, “Ballet’s Greatest Hits”. Brandt was awarded a 2013 Princess Grace Foundation-USA Dance Fellowship.
National Training Scholar (2005-2009), Bender Foundation Scholar (2009), Youth America Grand Prix silver medalist (2004 and 2008), 2013 Princess Grace Foundation-USA Dance Fellowship
FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU SAY “CAPEZIO”
Pointe shoes...my first pair and the only shoes I’ve ever worn!
FAVORITE CAPEZIO ITEM
My pointe shoes
BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER DANCERS
The advice I have for other dancers is to never lose sight of the reason they started dancing in the first place. Though the dance world can be trying, it is important to stay positive and inspired and enjoy the journey, wherever it may lead.
UNUSUAL FACT/LOVE/HABIT/GOAL/ABILITY THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW
I love animals and have six dogs in my family.
Photo credits: Head shot by Taylor Brandt, performance shot by Erin Baiano. Cover photo by Nathan Sayers.