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Miriam choreographs works for ballet companies, colleges, pre-professional ballet programs, and musical theater groups around the country. 



“Here is a choreographer who puts movement together with maturity and confidence.”

 - Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times

Miriam Mahdaviani danced for the New York City Ballet after being invited by George Balanchine to join his company in 1979. During her 14-year dance career, Miriam danced in more than 40 Balanchine ballets, as well as ballets by Jerome Robbins, Lar Lubovitch, Twyla Tharp, Jacques d’Amboise, and Peter Martins. 

She was featured in numerous ballets, among them Serenade, Emeralds from Jewels, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Raymonda Variations, La Valse, Donizetti Variations, and The Nutcracker.

“The next generation of principals is beginning to emerge, there is talent aplenty, including…Miriam Mahdaviani.” 

 - Dale Harris, The Wall Street Journal


Miriam is the Chair of the Dance Department at Vassar College, where she teaches ballet, choreographs, and stages repertoire. She is a frequent guest teacher at prestigious summer ballet intensive programs and schools, teaching Balanchine technique and offering guidance for curricular development. 


Miriam dancing in Balanchine's Raymonda Variations

photo by Paul Kolnik

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