Alexander Kotelenets

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A native of Kiev, Ukraine, Alexander Kotelenets began his training at the Kiev State Ballet School. After coming to the United States, he continued his training at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy and was a company member with Houston Ballet before joining Texas Ballet Theater in 2003. Mr. Kotelenets has performed in a number of Ben Stevenson ballets, with favorite roles as Romeo and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Frederick in Dracula, Peer in Peer Gynt, the prince in Swan Lake, the prince in The Sleeping Beauty, and partnering his wife, Heather Kotelenets who danced with the company for 13 years, in the Ave Maria Pas de Deux. He also has performed in Texas Ballet Theater’s premiere of Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations.  He and his wife Heather have a daughter, Mila.

Where are you from?
Kiev, Ukraine

When did you begin dancing?
Age 7

Why did you begin dancing?
I went to art school

When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?

What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Ben Stevenson’s Peer Gynt is by far the best ballet and my favorite role I have performed

What is your favorite movie/TV show?
The Matrix/Breaking Bad

What sound do you love?
Kids’ laugh, silence with the wind, waves

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

What’s your favorite food from the State Fair of Texas?
Funnel cake

Do you enjoy teaching or choreographing?
Not yet but I’d like to choreograph

What do you do over the summer break?

What is something you enjoy doing outside of dancing?
Cycling with Rose (my dog)

What outdoor activities do you enjoy?

Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
Texas Rangers

If you could have a vacation home, where would it be?
Greece or Italy

What would your best friends say about you?
They would laugh

What is your favorite part of a performance?
At the end, hugging and high-fiving

What’s your typical day like before opening night?
Being nervous

Who has been most influential to your life of dancing?
Ben, of course

What do you want to accomplish after TBT?
I want to inspire young kids the art of Ballet

When are you the most nervous, if at all?
Right before I step on stage

Which member of FRIENDS do you identify with most?

What’s your least favorite part of getting ready for a performance?

What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?