Anna Schmidt

Born in Florida, Anna grew up in the Kansas City area and began dancing at age 5. She trained for 10 years at The Culture House Academy of Performing Arts under Courtney Kierl-Bourman and Mona Störling Enna. She later trained at Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education with Pia Russo. Anna spent one year in the Ballet Austin Fellowship Program, before being invited to join Ballet Austin’s second company. While there, she enjoyed many opportunities to perform with the company and work with Artistic Director Stephen Mills and Associate Artistic Director Michelle Martin. She has had the opportunity to perform in Stephen Mills’ Romeo and Juliet and The Nutcracker, as well as George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie and Serenade, Thang Dao’s Quiet Imprint, Jennifer Hart’s Murmurations, and Paul Vasterling’s Peter Pan, among others. During her training, she attended intensive programs at Oklahoma City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Ballet Austin, and Texas Ballet Theater. Anna is excited to be joining Texas Ballet Theater in her first season!

Where are you from?
Kansas City/Tulsa

When did you begin dancing?
I was five when I first started taking ballet classes.

Why did you begin dancing?
My mom first put me in ballet, and I immediately loved it.

When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
2018/19 season

What is your favorite ballet to see?
My favorite classical ballet I think is Cinderella and my favorite contemporary work that I’ve seen is Alvin Ailey’s Revelations.

What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
I loved performing the Bluebird Pas de Deux from Sleeping Beauty, as well as Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, and Thang Dao’s Quiet Imprint.

What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
How freeing it was artistically; I found I could invest more of myself into my dancing without the stresses of being a student.

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Physical or massage therapy

What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
Swimming and hammocking

What kind of music do you like best?
I like to listen to instrumental music and the scores of movies.

What’s your least favorite part of getting ready for a performance?
The waiting period between finishing my hair and makeup and actually stepping foot onstage.