Anna Liceica



Anna Liceica

Former Soloist with
American Ballet Theatre,
New York City Ballet,  
YAGP Judge since 2007,
Master Teacher 

and Coach 



Ballet Intensives NYC is proud to present former American Ballet Theatre Soloist Anna Liceica, a beautiful, spirited dancer and gifted Master Teacher and coach.


Anna in Don Quixote (left)


Anna began her training in Vaganova Method at the National Ballet School in Romania where she studied from the age of ten. After winning prizes at the Romanian National Ballet Competition, the Third Nureyev International Ballet Competition, and Maya Plisetskaya International Ballet Competition, in 1990 Anna emigrated to L.A. with her family. She continued her training in the United States and just a few months later was awarded Full Scholarship to the NYC School of American BalletThe LA Times published and article on her accomplishments, predicting great promise.


In 1991, at the age of 16, Anna moved to NYC, got settled at the SAB dorms, and started training at the School of American Ballet. While still a student at SAB, she joined ABT for their 1992 Spring Met season. After receiving the prestigious SAB Mae L. Wein Award for Outstanding Promise, Anna joined NYCB in the fall of 1992 and appeared in NYCB's Nutcracker movie.



At New York City Ballet Anna performed a full range of Balanchine repertoire for 3 years before deciding it was time to go back to her classical roots. She joined American Ballet Theater in 1996 and was promoted to Soloist in 2000.


Her roles with ABT included the first Shade variation in La Bayadère, the Winter Fairy in Cinderella, Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Flower Girl in Don Quixote, Moyna and Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Silver in The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de trois in Swan Lake, the Fourth Movement lead in Symphony in C, the second ballerina in Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial, Jiri Kylian’s Sinfonietta, and the Venetian Carnival Pas de Deux from Satanella, and the Russian Ballerina in Gala Performance, among many others. She also created a leading role in Mark Morris’ Gong.



Performing at the very first YAGP Gala (left) and at an ABT and Friends Gala (right)


Anna's partners included Marcelo Gomes, Gennadi Saveliev, Sascha Radetsky, Bejamin Millepied, Ethan Stiefel, Damian Woetzel, young David Hallberg, and many others.


As a Soloist with ABT Ms. Liceica has performed all over the globe: in the United States, Russia, Brazil, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Romania, Hungary, Japan, and China. She was also a Principal Guest Artist with Deutsche Oper Berlin where the list of her many roles includes leads in La Gioconda and Onegin.



Anna Liceica teaching at our Summer Intensive in 2017



Throughout the years Anna has produced, directed and staged a series of performances called Classical Moves: Evening of Dance with members of ABT and Friends, which included legendary classical works as well as new choreography by ABT members.


Anna teaching a variations class at our 2017 Summer Intensive



Anna has been on the Jury Panel and a Master Teacher for Youth America Grand Prix Regional Semi-Finals since 1999. She is also on ABT Summer Intensive Faculty. 


“I trained with Anna while preparing for the YAGP Finals. She has a beautiful ballet pedigree and has provided me with exceptional technical training that I am so grateful for,” says Taylor Yanke, one of the YAGP 2016 finalists.