Soloist Autumn Hill is a native of California and began her training at the School of San Jose Cleveland Ballet where she was named the Bess Cartwright Scholarship recipient. After a year as a trainee, she performed with the company in New York and was invited to join in 2004 by Artistic Director Dennis Nahat.
In order to pursue her studies, she attended The Boston Conservatory of Music on scholarship with notable teachers. There she performed soloist roles in an array of pieces, including Martha Graham’s Night Journey staged by Yuriko and Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies and Little Improvisations staged by Donald Mahler and Lance Westergard.
Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in dance, she joined BalletRox in Boston, MA. She quickly rose to be the youngest African-American female principal in BalletRox history, performing throughout the greater Boston area. The Boston Metro wrote “…her technical work is precise, her pirouettes on cue,” describing her debut performance as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker ballet. While in Boston she served on the faculty of Boston Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education and BalletRox’s official school where she taught tap, jazz and ballet. In 2009 she was invited to join Columbia City Ballet and was promoted to soloist in 2013. William Starrett has featured her in many of the company’s repertoire and most recently choreographed the role of Tinker Bell for her in the world premiere of Peter Pan.
Autumn is currently a licensed owner for Creative Movement and Dance and Soccer Champs, providing dance and sports instruction throughout Lexington County. She is married to Principal Dancer Philip Ingrassia and when not in the studio, enjoys running with their two dogs Aurora and Krypto. This is her ninth season with Columbia City Ballet.