Brett Young is from Houston, Texas where he began his dance training, studying at Ben Stevenson’s Houston Ballet Academy and the High School for Performing and Visual Art. Upon graduating high school, he attended the University of Oklahoma where he continued his training in OU’s School of Dance under the tutelage of then Director Mary Margaret Holt, Steve Brule, and Clara Cravey-Stanely. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Brett joined the ranks of Texas Ballet Theater where he has spent his last seven years performing works by Kenneth MacMillan, Glenn Tetley, Ohad Naharin, George Balanchine, Garret Smith, Val Caniparoli, and Jerome Robbins. During his time with Texas Ballet Theater, he has most enjoyed dancing in Ben Stevenson’s story ballets performing the pas de trois in his Swan Lake and the role of Pothinus in Cleopatra; in Jiri Kilyan’s Petite Mort; and the Rooster from Christopher Bruce’s Rooster as well as one of the Ghost in Mr. Bruce’s Ghost Dances.
Where are you from?
When did you begin dancing?
Why did you begin dancing?
Watching movies like Mary Poppins or musicals with Gene Kelly sparked an interest in dance so my parents enrolled me in tap and jazz.
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
What is your favorite ballet to see?
Kilyan’s Petite Mort and Bella Figura, Macmillan’s Manon, Stevenson’s Peer Gynt, Bruce’s Ghost Dances. Jerome Robbins’ In the Night.
What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Petite Mort again, and one of the Ghost in Ghost Dances. I really enjoyed being Pothinus in Stevenson’s Cleopatra (fun being a villain). Robbins’ The Concert.
What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
Well, in this Company at least, most everybody doesn’t mind helping others out. It is almost like a second family here.
What is your favorite movie/TV show?
Movies: The Dark Knight, Grand Budapest Hotel, Singing in the Rain, Pulp Fiction, No Country for Old Men, Young Frankenstein, Meet Me in St. Louis, Analyze This, Mary Poppins, most of the Marvel superhero movies,…list goes on really. Shows: South Park
Do you enjoy teaching or choreographing?
I think so.
What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
I enjoy gardening and nice leisurely strolls when weather allows for it.
If you could drive any car, what would it be?
What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
Imagination and commitment