Ava Arbuckle

Corps de ballet

Ava Arbuckle

Corps de ballet


Ava Arbuckle was born in Frisco, Texas (USA). At the age of 2 she started dancing in all styles. At the age of 13 she began her pre-professional ballet training at a school in her hometown called Elite Classical Coaching. During this time she successfully participated in several competitions. In the years 2018 and 2019 she won the Youth America Grand Prix Award at the Texas Regional Competition of the Youth America Grand Prix as well as the Junior Silver Medal at the YAGP finals in New York City in 2019. Also in 2019 she won the Gold Medal (Junior Classical and Junior Contemporary) at the Youth International Ballet Competition (ADC IBC). At the Prix de Lausanne in 2020 she was awarded the Second Prize and the Best Young Talent and Artistry Award. Furthermore she won a scholarship and chose to attend the John Cranko School in Stuttgart from which she graduated in 2022.

During her time at the John Cranko School she performed at many galas worldwide: at the ADC IBC gala in Saint Petersburg, Florida (2021), at the Cancun Ballet Festival Gala (2021), at the YAGP Gala in Berlin (2021), at the „Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow“ YAGP Gala in Genoa, Italy (2021) and at the „Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow“ YAGP Gala at the Finals in Tampa, Florida (2022).

Since the 2022/23 season Ava Arbuckle is dancing in Stuttgart Ballet’s Corps de ballet.
Photo Roman Novitzky


Solo-Roles with the Stuttgart Ballet
  • One of a Kind (Jiří Kylián)
  • The Nutcracker (Edward Clug): matryoshka

Specially created Roles
  • Averno (Morgann Runacre-Temple): mother
  • The Nutcracker (Edward Clug): doll, matryoshka

Specially created Roles at Noverre: Young Choreographers
  • Veritas vos liberat (Emanuele Babici)

Corps de ballet Roles with the Stuttgart Ballet
  • Bliss (Johan Inger)
  • Kingdom of Shades, from: La Bayadère (Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa)
  • Onegin (John Cranko)
  • Requiem (Kenneth MacMillan)
  • Romeo and Juliet (John Cranko)
  • Swan Lake (John Cranko)
  • The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier)
  • The Nutcracker (Edward Clug): fairy of the forest

Repertoire as a student
  • Awakening of Flora (Marius Petipa): Flora’s Variation
  • Classical Symphony (Leonid Lawrowsky): Lead dancer in 1st Movement
  • Don Quixote (Marius Petipa): Dulcinea’s Variation
  • Giselle (Jean Coralli/ Jules Perrot): Giselle’s Variation in Act 1
  • La Bayadère (Natalia Makarova): Gamzatti’s Temple Variation
  • La Esmeralda (Jules Perrot): Esmeralda’s Love Pas de deux Variation
  • Le Corsaire (Marius Petipa): Gulnara’s Variation
  • Raymonda (Marius Petipa): Raymonda’s Dream Variation in Act 1
  • Swan Lake (Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov): Pas de deux in Act 2
  • Woman (Catherine Lewellen, Brian Stevens)