Claire Kretzschmar was born in Glendale, Arizona and began her dance training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She later studied at the Wake Forest Community Ballet and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Ms. Kretzschmar began studying at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summers of 2006 through 2009, and enrolled as a full time student in 2009.
In November 2010 she became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2011.
Ms. Kretzschmar was promoted to soloist in October 2018.
Ms. Kretzschmar is the 2016-17 Janice Levin Dancer Honoree and was a recipient of the 2015 Martin E. Segal Award.