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Amanda McKerrow was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and began her ballet training at the age of seven at the Twinbrook School of Ballet. She later studied with Mary Day and joined The Washington Ballet as an apprentice in 1979. She became a full company member in 1980 and toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. McKerrow was the first American to win the Gold Medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 1981 and was the recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship in 1986.

McKerrow’s repertoire with American Ballet Theatre, which she joined as a member of the corps de ballet in 1982, includes Mathilda Kchessinska in Anastasia, Terpsichore in Apollo, Nikiya and Gamzatti in La Bayadère, Mother/Sweetheart in Billy the Kid, the title role in Cinderella, Swanilda in Coppélia, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, Kitri in Don Quixote, Titania in The Dream, the first girl in Fancy Free, the title role in Giselle, the title role in Manon, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Grahn in Pas des Déesses, Hagar in Pillar of Fire, a leading role in Push Comes to Shove, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, the Sylph in La Sylphide, Act II, the Waltz, Mazurka, and pas de deux in Les Sylphides, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and the leading roles in Ballet Imperial, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Études, The Leaves Are Fading, Spring and Fall, Stepping Stones, Symphonie Concertante, and Theme and Variations. She also created leading roles in Americans We, Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Cruel World, The Elements, Mark Morris’ Gong, The Other, Some Assembly Required and States of Grace.

McKerrow has performed as a guest artist throughout the world including appearances in Rome, Tokyo, Vienna, Latvia, Argentina, Spain, London, Montreal, Havana and across the United States. In 1999, McKerrow renewed her association with The Washington Ballet as a principal guest artist. In 2000, she and her husband, fellow dancer John Gardner, staged Antony Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading for The Washington Ballet at the Kennedy Center. McKerrow also dedicates much of her time to teaching and coaching this great art form that she loves so completely.

McKerrow was appointed a Soloist in 1983 and a Principal Dancer in 1987.