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Claire Peoples graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and was one of only thirty undergraduates awarded the Presidential Award of Excellence. At UGA, she was a member of the contemporary African ensemble CADE:NCE and the neoclassical ballet company Dance Repertory Project. She performed in the Spring Dance Concert, Young Choreographers Series, and at conferences across the United States and internationally in Jamaica. Peoples attended the American Dance Festival in 2018 on full scholarship, studying contact improvisation, Limón modern, and ballet. For two years she served as Head Resident Advisor for the Joffrey Ballet School's summer programs in Georgia, Colorado, and Texas under Artistic Director Colleen Barnes. In 2020-2021, she moved to Massachusetts to dance as a Trainee with Boston Dance Theater, where she had the opportunity to train alongside the main company and learn the repertory of notable choreographers such as Itzik Galili, Micaela Taylor, Yin Yue, Shannon Gillen, and Marco Goecke. In the 2021-2022 season Peoples danced as a Trainee with Confluence Ballet Company for their inaugural year, also working as Marketing and Social Media Manager. With CBC her favorite roles included Clara in “The Nutcracker Sweet” and dancing corps de ballet in Fokine’s “Les Sylphides.” Peoples is thrilled to be joining New Mexico Ballet Company for their 50th year and anticipates a great season in Albuquerque!