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Amar Ramasar

Amar Ramasar (born 1981/1982, in The Bronx) is a principal dancer of the New York City Ballet. In 2010, Dance Magazine reported that Ramasar was one of the few Asian American professional ballet dancers. He took his first dance lessons at the Henry Street Settlement House, to which commuted by subway from his home in the South Bronx to the Lower East Side almost daily. Ramasar took his first dance lesson at the Henry Street Settlement House's Abrons Arts Center in 1993. He commuted by subway from his home in the South Bronx to the Lower East Side almost daily to go to dance lessons, starting at age 10. As a "low-income youth," this one of the few opportuntities he had "to achieve [his] artistic dreams...." He studied at the School of American Ballet (SAB) starting in 1993. He also studied at the American Ballet Theatre Summer Program and The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Ramasar joined the New York City Ballet as an apprentice in 2000, and joined the corps de ballet in 2001. He became a soloist in March 2006, and was promoted to a principal in October 2009.

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