Adeline Melcher began her ballet training in New Orleans, Louisiana under the guidance of Myra Mier. She attended several ballet summer intensive programs, including Kirov Academy of Ballet, American Ballet Theater NYC, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater. At sixteen, she became a student of Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. In her past three seasons with Texas Ballet Theater, she has performed in ballets such as Ben Stevenson’s Dracula and Swan Lake, Harald Lander’s Études, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, Garrett Smith’s Imbue, and Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas.
Where are you from?
New Orleans, Louisiana
When did you begin dancing?
I started ballet when I was 3 years old.
Why did you begin dancing?
Whenever my parents played music in the house, I immediately got up and started dancing. So, my parents enrolled me in ballet. I fell in love with it as I grew older.
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
What is your favorite ballet to see?
Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances
What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
I loved performing in Serenade by George Balanchine.
What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
I learned that I can find out something new artistically and technically about my body and mind every day, whether it is in class or in a performance.
Which member of friends do you identify most with?
What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
I love to fish, tube, go crabbing, and just ride on the water. A day on the boat is for sure going to be a fun day.
What is your favorite part of a performance?
I love being on stage with amazing dancers doing what we all love.
What’s your favorite song?
La Vie En Rose by Louis Armstrong
What is your guilty pleasure?
Beignets from Café du Monde
Who has been most influential in your life of dancing?
My first two ballet teachers Myra and Carmen Mier who introduced me to this wonderful art form.