Known for her tenure as a performance artist for the New York City Ballet. She spent 9 years between 2000 and 2009 dancing for the company.
She began her ballet career at age 7 with training at the Boston Ballet School. She earned a full-time scholarship at age 14 to the School of American Ballet, which is the official school of the NYC Ballet.
In 2011, she had her first book, Bunheads, published. Following her leaving of the NYC Ballet, she continued her studies at Columbia University.
In September 2013, she married actor Josh Charles. She and Charles have two children, a son and a daughter.
She and fellow ballet dancer Megan Fairchild both rose to prominence in the New York City Ballet.