Nancy Richer (Corps de ballet) was born and raised in New York City. She received the majority of her training at Ballet Academy East. She attended summer programs at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Kaatsban, American Ballet Theater, and San Francisco Ballet School. At 16 she appeared in an instructional ballet video for the teacher, David Howard, entitled ‘A Dancer's Class.' At 17, she received a merit scholarship to train for the year round program at the San Francisco Ballet School after attending the summer course.