Anastacia Holden

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Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ms. Holden was first interested in international folk dance and started ballet at the local YMCA at the age of seven. She began serious study with Judy Rice at the University of Michigan and later continued her training under Prima Ballerina Maniya Barredo in Alpharetta, GA. Anastacia Holden joined The Joffrey Ballet as a dancer in 2005 following two seasons as an Arpino Apprentice. 


During her 14 year tenure with Joffrey, Ms. Holden performed soloist and leading roles in a variety of works including: Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella (Spring Fairy); Paul Taylor’s Cloven Kingdom; Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Amore) and Bells (Mazurka); Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31; Christopher Wheeldon’s Fool’s Paradise; Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land (Red Woman); Giselle (Peasant Pas de Deux); Kurt Jooss’s The Green Table (the Young Girl); Wayne McGregor’s Infra; William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère (Gamzatti) and Maninyas (first Pas de Deux); Julia Adams’s Night; The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum, Clara); Lar Lubovitch’s Othello (Bianca) and "...smile with my heart;" Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake (Cygnets, Pas de Trois); George Balanchine’s Tarantella; Gerald Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi; and Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit (Tiler).


She originated roles in works by Nicolas Blanc, Donald Byrd, Val Caniparoli, Alexander Ekman, James Kudelka, Jessica Lang, Edwaard Liang, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Ashley Page, Myles Thatcher, Stanton Welch, and Christopher Wheeldon, and she has been honored to dance in numerous works by Joffrey co-founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino. In November 2016, Ms. Holden was recognized by Pointe Magazine as one of twelve standout performers worldwide for her role as Red Woman in Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land.


Ms. Holden has been a faculty member for the Joffrey Academy International Summer Dance Intensive since summer 2016 and is excited to join the year round faculty of the Joffrey Academy of Dance.

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