Chase Finlay is a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. While still a member of the corps de ballet, he danced the title role in George Balanchine's Apollo. He was born in Fairfield, Connecticut, and began his dance training at the age of 8 at Ballet Academy East. He went on to study at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summer of 2007 and later enrolled as a full-time student. Finlay became an apprentice with NYCB in September 2008, became a member of the corps de ballet in September 2009, was promoted to the rank of soloist in July 2011, and became a principal in February 2013.