Amar Ramasar was born in the Bronx, New York, and began his studies at the School of American Ballet (SAB) in 1993. In July 2001 he joined New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. In October 2009 he became a principal.
Since joining New York City Ballet, Mr. Ramasar has danced featured roles in 24 George Balanchine’s ballets, 12 Jerome Robbins’s ballets, 15 Peter Martins’s ballets. Amar Ramasar danced choreography by David Allan, Mauro Bigonzetti, August Bournonville, Ulysses Dove, William Forsythe, Angelin Preljocaj, Susan Stroman, Richard Tanner, Christopher Wheeldon, Ashley Bouder, Jorma Elo, Jean-Pierre Frohlich, Douglas Lee, Wayne McGregor, Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett.
Mr. Ramasar originated corps roles in Melissa Barak’s Telemann Overture Suite in E Minor; Boris Eifman’s Musagète; the NYCB premieres of Mr. Martins’ Hallelujah Junction and Robbins’ N. Y. Export: Opus Jazz; Susan Stroman’s Double Feature; and Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in Paris, Carnival of the Animals, and Shambards.
He was also featured in the 2010 film adaptation of Jerome Robbins’ N. Y. Export: Opus Jazz and the documentary Ballet 422 (2015), which follows the creation of Justin Peck’s Paz de la Jolla.
Mr. Ramasar was a recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise in 2000, and the Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer in 2015.