Miriam Mahdaviani danced for the New York City Ballet after being invited by George Balanchine to join his company. During her 14-year dance career at NYCB, Miriam danced under the direction of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Peter Martins. Miriam worked with notable choreographers including Balanchine, Robbins, Martins, Lar Lubovitch, Twyla Tharp, and Jacques d’Amboise.
Miriam performed in theaters around the world with NYCB and was invited to dance at the Kremlin in Moscow as a principal guest artist with Stars of the American Ballet, and in cities throughout Italy with Patricia McBride and Friends. In NYC, she danced on Broadway in Makarova and Company. Screen credits include the Dance in America series on PBS, and in NYCB’s movie of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Her work for the Balanchine Trust took her to Israel, where she staged Balanchine ballets for the Israel Ballet.
Miriam developed her choreography at NYCB, and choreographed ballets for the NYCB American Music Festival and for each of the company's Diamond Projects. Her ballets are commissioned by companies and college dance programs around the country and dance festivals overseas.
She is the Chair of the Dance Department at Vassar College, coaches ballet students privately, and mentors teen dancers interested in pursuing a professional dance career. Other career highlights include a year as the Artistic Adviser for Dance at G. Schirmer music publisher, helping introduce choreographers to composers to foster the creation of new works, and serving as a mentor to female choreography students at the School of American Ballet.
Miriam earned a BA in Arts Management from Purchase College, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the President’s Award for Achievement. Her interests extend to cross-disciplinary dance applications, and dance as a means of social action.
Miriam's choreography has earned the following recognition:
Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award
Mae L. Wien Award from The School of American Ballet
Choo San-Goh Award for Choreography
Dutchess County Arts Council Choreography Fellowship
American Choreographer's Award, Nat'l Corporate Fund for Dance