Chase Finlay

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Chase Finlay (born 1990) is an American ballet dancer and a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, Finlay began his dance training at the age of 8, at Ballet Academy East in New York City. During the summer of 2007, he began studying at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet (NYCB). He subsequently enrolled there as a full-time student.[1]


Finlay became an apprentice with NYCB in September 2008. He became a member of the corps de ballet in September 2009. While still a member of the corps de ballet, he danced the title role in George Balanchine's Apollo.[2]

He was promoted to soloist in July 2011, and to principal in February 2013.[1]


Featured roles since joining the New York City Ballet:[1]

George Balanchine
Ulysses Dove
  • Red Angels
Sean Lavery
Peter Martins
Jerome Robbins
Christopher Wheeldon
Originated featured roles in
Originated corps roles in


In 2010, Finlay became the first recipient[3] of the Clive Barnes Award[1][4] for dance.

Personal life[edit]

Finlay is one of four children of Jeanne and Mark P. Finlay. His father is an architect and founding partner of an architectural and interior design firm in Southport, Connecticut.[5] Finlay was formerly in a relationship with fellow New York City Ballet dancer Lauren Lovette.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Chase Finlay". New York City Ballet. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ Macualay, Alastair (May 6, 2011). "Youth, Balanchine and Fans Are Served". New York Times. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ The Award. Past Award Finalists and Winners The Clive Barnes Foundation. 2011–2014. December 25, 2014.
  4. ^ About The Clive Barnes Award The Clive Barnes Foundation. 2011–2014. December 25, 2014.
  5. ^ Mark P. Finlay, AIA Mark P. Finlay Architects, AIA. 2014. Retrieved December 23, 2014
  6. ^

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