Ashley Tuttle was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join American Ballet Theatre (A.B.T) at the age of 16. As a prima ballerina with ABT, Ms. Tuttle's career spanned 17 years. Ms. Tuttle's repertoire at A.B.T. included such roles as Juliet in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet
, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty
, the title roles in Giselle
, Nikiya in Natalia Makarova's La Bayadere
, Odette/Odile in Kevin McKenzie's Swan Lake
. Her repertoire ranged from works by George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Jiri Kylian, Mark Morris, Agnes De Mille, Antony Tudor and William Forsythe. Ms. Tuttle has danced Twyla Tharp works including In the Upper Room, Brief Fling, Sinatra Suite and Push Comes to Shove. While with A.B.T., Ms. Tuttle joined the acclaimed Twlya Tharp Dance Company in 2000. Ms. Tharp created the hit Broadway show "Movin' Out"
and the role of Judy on her. She earned both a TONY Award and a Fred Astaire Dance Award nominations.
Ms. Tuttle has been seen on Broadway in Tharp's "Come Fly Away," at the Metropolitan Opera House in Carmen, guest performances with Dance Theater of Harlem, the Guggenheim Museum's Works in Process with Pam Tanowitz Dance and Lynne Taylor Corbett. Ms. Tuttle continues to dance as a guest artist throughout the world.
Ms. Tuttle also teaches ballet at the Mark Morris Dance Group, Usdan Center, and Barnard College. Ms. Tuttle was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Wofford College in the spring of 2011.