Maria Kowroski was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she began her ballet training at age seven with the School of Grand Rapids Ballet. Ms. Kowroski entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 1992. She became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in the summer of 1994 and was invited to join the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in January of 1995. In the spring of 1997, Ms. Kowroski was promoted to the rank of soloist and in the spring of 1999, she was promoted to principal dancer. In May of 2002, Ms. Kowroski appeared in the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of “New York City Ballet’s Diamond Project: Ten Years of Choreography.” dancing in Them Twos and Red Angels, and in May of 2004 she appeared in the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of “Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine 100”, dancing in Concerto Barocco. Ms. Kowroski has performed as a guest artist with the Maryinsky Ballet, in productions of Swan Lake and Jewels, as well as with the Munich Ballet in Apollo and Brahms-Schoenbery Quartet. In 1994 Ms. Kowroski was the recipient of the Princess Grace Award.