Dancer - principal

Originating from United States of America

Drew Jacoby was born in Boise, Idaho (USA) in 1984. She went on to study at the School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She began her professional career in 2002 with Lines Ballet in San Francisco, where she was a principal dancer and had numerous original works created for her by award-winning choreographer Alonzo King. In 2005 she was invited to join Sylvie Guillem’s Japan tour, where she performed principal roles alongside dancers from the Royal Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. She won a 2005 Princess Grace Award and in 2006 was voted Dance Magazine’s “It Girl”. She has performed works by acclaimed choreographers including George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Marcia Haydée, Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Crystal Pite, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Maurice Béjart and Lightfoot Leon. 
Drew Jacoby danced with Nederlands Dans Theater 1 from 2012 to 2015 and joined Royal Ballet of Flanders as a principal dancer in 2015, where she had one of her career highlights dancing the central figure in Maurice Béjart’s legendary Boléro. She continues to produce and perform at prestigious international galas and founded a media website in 2009 called, featuring video interviews with high profile dance industry professionals she’s encountered during her travels. In 2016, she collaborated on a video with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and musical/visual artist Woodkid in Paris.


  • Café Müller (Pina Bausch)
  • Requiem (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui)*
  • The Nutcracker (Demis Volpi): Cake Aunt*
  • Approximate Sonata (William Forsythe)
  • Shahrazad (Jonah Bokaer)*
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Marcia Haydée after Marius Petipa): Lilac Fairy
  • Exhibition (Larbi Cherkaoui): Lady in the Long Dress*
  • Ma Mère l’Oye (Jeroen Verbruggen): Alma*
  • Boléro (Maurice Béjart): Melody
  • Fall (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui)*

 * created role