Chatting with NYCB principals Ashley Bouder,
Abi Stafford and Maria Kowroski about
dancing through motherhood BY JEN PETERS
Throughout New York City Ballet’s almost 70-year history, very few dancers have returned to
the stage after having a baby. Yet the company is having something of a baby boom right
now, with three principal dancers currently diving into motherhood while upholding their
careers. In March, writer Jen Peters sat down with Abi Stafford and her 8-month-old Colin,
Maria Kowroski and her 4-month-old Dylan, and an 8-months-pregnant Ashley Bouder to
discuss motherhood in the life of a principal dancer.
Dylan (left) and Colin
(right) are already getting
used to life backstage.