Skyla Schreter is a New York based independent choreographer, formerly a dancer with San Francisco Ballet. Originally from New York, she received her formal dance training at the School of American Ballet and with New York City Ballet former soloist Diana White. At the age of 17, she went on to dance professionally with San Francisco Ballet for six years.
As a dancer with San Francisco Ballet, Skyla created featured roles in new works by William Forsythe, David Dawson and Cathy Marston, in addition to performing an extensive array of classical and contemporary ballet repertory, including works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon, to name a few.
Skyla has choreographed live and filmed dance works on dancers from San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Los Angeles Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet, among others. Her 2019 dance film, “A Flower” was an official selection of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, and Utah Dance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award. In 2020-2021, she created three dance films commissioned by the Musicians of New York City Ballet, which were filmed and performed live in various New York City locations, including the iHeart Dance Festival at the Empire Hotel. In August 2021, her full-length work, “Loculamentum” premiered as a featured presentation in the annual Hudson Eye Festival in Hudson, NY. She has been awarded the Dutchess Partners in the Arts Programmatic Support Grant for her work on “Loculamentum,” the Arts Mid-Hudson Jumpstart Arts Grant for her forthcoming work “Dance as a Healing Space,” and is an honoraria recipient of NYS DanceForce’s 2022 Emerging Choreographers’ Initiative.
Skyla is actively creating self-produced and commissioned dance works in New York City and New York’s Hudson Valley. In addition to her choreography, she is on faculty in the Dance Department at Vassar College and is a Co-Founder and Resident Artist of LotusWorks Gallery & Workshop, a multi-disciplinary arts space in Beacon, NY.