McBride in Balanchine's Jewels, 1967
August 23, 1942 |
Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.A.
|Awards||Kennedy Center Honors, 2014|
McBride joined the New York City Ballet in 1959. She became a principal in 1961, making her the company’s youngest principal. In the 30 years she spent dancing with the company she had numerous roles created for her by A Midsummer Night's Dream; Tarantella; Colombine in Harlequinade; the ballerina role in the Intermezzo of the Brahms–Schoenberg Quartet; Rubies; Who Cares? ("The Man I Love" pas de deux and "Fascinatin' Rhythm" solo); Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fée; Swanilda in Coppélia; Pavane; the paper ballerina in The Steadfast Tin Soldier; the Pearly Queen in Union Jack and the "Voices of Spring" section of Vienna Waltzes.
Jerome Robbins created roles for McBride in Dances at a Gathering (pink), In the Night (third nocturne), The Goldberg Variations, The Four Seasons (fall) and Opus 19/The Dreamer, among other ballets. McBride was featured in the documentary film A Portrait of Giselle.
McBride was recognized on December 7, 2014, as a Kennedy Center Honors recipient.