Adriana Pierce (she/her) is a dancer, choreographer, and actor based in New York City. She was recently seen in the original cast of Broadway's 2018 revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel at the Imperial Theater, as well as the FX mini series, Fosse/Verdon. You can catch her in Steven Spielberg's film remake of West Side Story, premiering December, 2021.
Pierce began her professional dance career as an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and completed seven seasons with Miami City Ballet under the direction of Edward Villella and Lourdes Lopez. She attended the School of American Ballet as a scholarship student and graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School in 2007.
Pierce first began choreographing dance for musical theater and modern/contemporary projects, and created her first strictly balletic works for the School of American Ballet’s Annual Student Choreography Workshop. In Miami, Pierce sought projects which encouraged collaboration between art forms, including a performance piece for the annual O, Miami Poetry Festival, which was featured during Miami City Ballet’s Dance at the Walls event. In March 2014, she curated and choreographed for the cross-disciplinary Movements with dancers from the Miami City Ballet and fellows from the New World Symphony.
Pierce was selected to participate in New York Choreographic Institute's Fall 2014 and 2019 choreographic session, and completed an inaugural residency in the Resident Fellows program with the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. She debuted a choreographic work at The Joyce Theater for The Ashley Bouder Project in August 2015. For five years, she was commissioned to create dance elements for Miami’s annual Mainly Mozart Festival by the Miami Chamber Music Society, performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center's Knight Concert Hall. In March 2017, Pierce’s new duet, Dreaming, was featured as part of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s 11th Annual Gala: A Celebration of Women in the Arts, and was presented alongside performers such as Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno, and Vanessa Williams. Carolina Ballet premiered her ballet Silence and Song as part of their 2020 season.
Pierce created #QueertheBallet as a response to the lack of queer visiblity in professional ballet. #QueertheBallet is an initiative whose mission is to broaden the definition of classical ballet to meaningfully include lgbtq+ narratives and creative voices by developing new work and advocating for marginalized artists in the community. With a special focus on queer women and non binary dancers, this initiative aims to explore choreographic connections often absent from ballet stages and to “queer” our ballet spaces with intention, authenticity, and pride. The first project #QueertheBallet has undertaken is a pas de deux created by Pierce and performed by two American Ballet Theater dancers, Sierra Armstrong and Remy Young, as part of a dance residency at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, NY.
Adriana is also a proud member of Ring of Keys, an artist service organization that fosters community and visibility for musical theatre artists - onstage and off - who self-identify as queer women, transgender, and gender non-conforming artists.