Alexandra Farber, originally from Washington, D.C., began her training at Maryland Youth Ballet and Houston Ballet II. Alexandra has also attended various summer programs, including those offered by the School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. Now in her eighth season, she has performed as Odette/Odile in Stevenson’s Swan Lake, Svetlana in Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, Sugar Plum, Snow Queen, and Clara in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker, Winter Fairy and Cinderella in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, in William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Ben Stevenson’s Twilight Pas de Deux, and Ben Stevenson’s Four Last Songs. She has also performed leading roles in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries, Carlos Acosta’s Carmen, Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV©: Danse à Grande Vitesse, Ben Stevenson’s Alice in Wonderland, Carl Coomer’s Henry VIII, and Lew Christensen’s Beauty and the Beast.
Where are you from?
When did you begin dancing?
Started at 3 but entered an academy at 9
Why did you begin dancing?
My parents put me in classes when I was young and I never wanted to stop!
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
What is your favorite ballet to see?
Too many good pieces in the world to decide on just one, but two of my favorites to watch are Ben Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet and Nicolo Fonte’s See(k).
What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Some favorites are Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries, William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Ben Stevenson’s Peer Gynt, Ben Stevenson’s Snow Pas and Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake. Performing the third pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s Danse a Grand Vitesse (DGV) was also particularly magical and special to me.
What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
How it is a culmination of growing, learning and experiencing, but that you also draw on ideas and practices you learned when you were (often) very young.
What’s your least favorite word?
I don’t have one!
What is your favorite local attraction/favorite thing to do in DFW?
Look for beautiful, natural places, or spend time in the Botanic Gardens.
If you could have a vacation home, where would it be?
Anywhere as long as there is a beach!
What is your favorite part of a performance?
All of it, from the nervous anticipation and excitement before, to the rush of being onstage, to the happy accomplished tired feeling when the curtain closes.
Use one word to describe the feeling after dancing the last performance of The Nutcracker
A combination of the words exhausted and accomplished. Excomplished.