Ms. Wingert began her training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth ballet under Marcia Dale Weary and became a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in New York. At the age of sixteen, she was selected by George Balanchine to join New York City Ballet. During her fifteen years with the company, Ms. Wingert danced over twenty-five principal, soloist, and featured roles in productions that include Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppelia, Orpheus, Symphony in C, Jewels, Who Cares?, Stars and Stripes,The Nutcracker, The Four Temperaments, and Mozartiana, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert and Antique Epigraphs, and Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty. A principal and soloist with numerous nationally acclaimed companies, her film and television credits include George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Time-Warner), PBS “Great Performance” Dinner With Balanchine, “Dance in America” Balanchine - Serenade and Western Symphony, Peter Martins’ Concerto for Two Solo Pianos and “Live from Lincoln Center” A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Deborah Wingert is one of a small group of artists selected by The George Balanchine Trust to set his choreography. In this capacity she has traveled throughout the United States, setting and staging the Balanchine repertoire for Butler University, Indiana University, Baltimore School for the Arts, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, to name a few.
Ms. Wingert is Head Faculty at Manhattan Youth Ballet, and is on faulty at the Ailey School/ Professional Division. She has been a guest instructor for Princeton University and Harvard University, UCSB, Interlochen, Jessica Lang Dance, Kyle Abraham: AIM, Sarasota Ballet, and Ballet Met, and New York City Public Library.