Born in New York City, Ethan hails from a true dancing family. His parents, Isabel and Kelly Brown, and sisters, Leslie Browne and Elizabeth Laing, were all members of American Ballet Theatre. Following his training at the School of American Ballet, he joined the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre in 1981. He was promoted to the rank of Soloist in 1988 and retired from dancing in 2004.
During the twenty-three year career with A.B.T., Mr. Brown received critical acclaim dancing a variety of Soloist and Principal roles. He has performed the works of, and has been coached by, some of the greatest choreographers of our time including George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Martha Graham, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Twyla Tharp, Jiri Kilian, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Roland Petit, Mark Morris, John Neumier, Glen Tetley and Ben Stevenson. Ethan has also received personal coaching by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, Anthony Dowell, Fernando Bujones and Peter Martins. He has partnered some of the top ballerinas in the world including Alessandra Ferri, Sylvie Guillem, Amanda Mckerrow, Cynthia Gregory, Martine Van Hamel, Susan Jaffe, Cynthia Harvey, Paloma Hererra, Julie Kent and Gillian Murphy.
Mr. Brown also had a very successful career as a guest artist. He has danced the role of the Cavalier in The Nutcracker
with fifteen different ballet companies throughout the United States. In 1987, he was invited by Heinz Spoerli to dance Oberon in his Midsummer Night's Dream
with the Basel Ballet of Switzerland. In 1988 and 1991, he danced at the annual "Le Don Des Etoiles" gala in Montreal, Canada. In 1994, he was invited by the Martha Graham Dance Company to join them for one season as a Principal Guest artist.
Mr. Brown appeared in the Herbert Ross film Dancers
and was featured in the acclaimed 1995 A.B.T. documentary Ballet by Fred Weisman. His television appearances include PBS' "Dance in America" four times and "Live from Lincoln Center" three times performing Balanchine, Tudor, MacMillan and Ashton. He was also featured on NBC's "The Today Show" twice.
Several years before retiring from dancing, Mr. Brown was asked to be an A.B.T. Company Class teacher and continues to do so today. He is also on the faculty of the A.B.T. Summer Intensives in New York City and Bermuda. Ethan is on the faculty at Steps Youth Programs and regularly guest teaches at Steps on Broadway in New York City. He also annually travels to Canada to guest teach and coach for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Ethan also works for Youth American Grand Prix judging ballet competitions and teaching master classes.