Yvonne Borree’s interest in dance developed very early, due in large part to the influence of her mother, Susan Borree, who danced with Jerome Robbins’ Ballets: U.S.A., New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Ms. Borree was raised in Norfolk, Virginia, where she began her dance training at the Tidewater Ballet Association when she was five years old. She attended summer sessions at the School of American Ballet for three years and was invited to enter SAB full-time in 1985. In 1987, she became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and was invited to join the corps de ballet in 1988. She was promoted to the rank of soloist in 1993 and to principal in 1997. She retired from performing in June 2010
Ms. Borree performed featured roles in numerous ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins during her 22 year career with New York City Ballet. Among them are Balancine’s Apollo, Coppélia (Swanilda), Donizetti Variations, Duo Concertant, The Four Temperaments, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Sugarplum Fairy and Dewdrop), Square Dance, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in C, Symphony in Three Movements, Union Jack, and Western Symphony; Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, Dances at a Gathering, The Four Seasons, The Goldberg Variations, In the Night, and Mother Goose; and Peter Martins’ A Fool For You, The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora) and Swan Lake. During the Company’s 1992 spring season, Ms. Borree was chosen by Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins to dance with guest artist Mikhail Baryshnikov in George Balanchine’s Duo Concertant.
Ms. Borree originated roles in Mr. Martins’ Ash, The Chairman Dances, Delight of the Muses, Fearful Symmetries, Jazz (Six Syncopated Movements), Quartet for Strings, Sinfonia, The Sleeping Beauty (the White Cat), Slonimsky’s Earbox, Stabat Mater, and Thou Swell. Featured roles were also created for Ms. Borree by Robert La Fosse (Danses de Cour), Miriam Mahdaviani (Correlazione), and Christopher Wheeldon (Carnival of the Animals).
Ms. Borree became a member of SAB’s faculty in 2008.