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Former Principal Dancer, Pennsylvania Ballet
Born in Richmond, Virginia, Amy Aldridge is a graduate of the North Carolina School for the Arts, where she received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence and had the privilege of studying with Alonzo King, Jacques d'Amboise, Melissa Hayden, and Arthur Mitchell. Ms. Aldridge began her dance training at the School of Richmond Ballet and continued with The School of American Ballet and the Boston Ballet School.
Ms. Aldridge rose through the ranks at Pennsylvania Ballet to a promotion to Principal Dancer in 2001. Ms. Aldridge has performed principal roles in numerous works, including The Taming of the Shrew, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Sleeping Beauty, La Fille mal gardée, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, Square Dance, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and Ballo della Regina. She has also performed featured roles in Twyla Tharp's Push Comes to Shove and Nine Sinatra Songs ("That's Life"); William Forsythe's In the middle, somewhat elevated and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Peter Martins' Barber Violin Concerto; and George Balanchine's Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Allegro Brillante, Theme and Variations, The Four Temperaments, Agon, Apollo, Serenade (Russian Girl), Valse Fantasie, Who Cares?, Monumentum pro Gesualdo, and Movements for Piano and Orchestra. In addition, Ms. Aldridge has created original roles for Dwight Rhoden's 2x7, Trey McIntyre's Plush and Cantilena, Matthew Neenan's Keep and As It's Going, and Jorma Elo's Pulcinella.
Ms. Aldridge has appeared internationally as part of the Sinatra Festival in Portugal, the Northwest Phalen Tanz Festival in Germany (with choreographer Kevin O'Day) and with the Stars of New York Ballet in London. In May 2004, she performed as a guest artist with New York City Ballet dancing Tarantella as part of the George Balanchine Centennial Celebrations. She has also appeared with BalletX in Neenan's Broke Apart, Elo's Scenes View 2, and at Jacob's Pillow in Summer 2006.
Principal Dancer, Pennsylvania Ballet
Lillian DiPiazza is from Silver Spring, Maryland training for 10 years under the direction of Michelle Lees and Tensia Fonseca at Maryland Youth Ballet, Lillian also attended summer intensives at Pacific Northwest Ballet (on full scholarship), Miami City Ballet, and the School of American Ballet (SAB), where, in 2007, she spent a year training and performing in such works as George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ and Jerome Robbins' Fanfare. At SAB, Lillian choreographed a pas de quatre to music by Philip Glass for their Choreographic Workshop, and also traveled to the Kennedy Center as part of the Protégés Program, where she performed Concerto Barocco.
Lillian has been with Pennsylvania Ballet since 2008 as a member of PBII. She became an apprentice in 2009 then a member of the corps de ballet in 2011. She became a soloist in 2013 and in 2016, was promoted to the rank of principal dancer. In 2015, Lillian debuted as Odette/Odile in Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake and has danced principal roles in Coppélia (Swanilda), Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania, Hippolyta, Hermia), Jerome Robbins' In the Night, William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Matthew Neenan's Penumbra, and most recently as Juliet in the ballet Romeo and Juliet.
In 2007, Lillian was named the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts winner in dance.
Lillian was profiled in 2014 for Dance Magazine's "On the Rise" section. She also danced and acted in the feature film Black Swan. In 2017 Lillian graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in urban studies, doing the coursework while dancing full-time.
Former Principal Dancer, Pennsylvania Ballet, Director of Pennsylvania Ballet II and head of the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet
William DeGregory lives in New Jersey with his wife, Tamara Hadley. In 1975, when they were both principal dancers with Pennsylvania Ballet, Bill and Tammy were paired by the P.B.C. director Benjamin Harkarvy, to dance the greatest love stories ever composed They touched thousands of people who sensed their connection to each other in the resonance of every movement.
Bill joined Pennsylvania Ballet at age 18. His excellent technique, strong partnering skills, and winning stage presence quickly advanced him to Principal Dancer. Bill has danced most of the classical principal roles including: Siegfried in Swan Lake, James in La Sylphide, Franz in Coppélia, and many Balanchine ballets, including: Theme and Variations, Square Dance, Symphony in C, Cavalier in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Robert Weiss created the role of Nicholas for Bill in his full-length ballet, Winter Dreams. In September 1996, the legendary modern dance choreographer Merce Cunningham featured Bill in the world premiere of his acclaimed Arcade.
In February 2002, Bill DeGregory became Director of Pennsylvania Ballet's newly-formed training company, Pennsylvania Ballet II. He retired from performing at the end of the 2001-2002 season. With Pennsylvania Ballet II, the Company was able to greatly expand the scope and depth of its outreach effort through theatre and non-theatre-based performances at Philadelphia area schools and other small venues.