Carl Coomer

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Carl Coomer, a native of Liverpool, England, began his training when he was thirteen years old. In 1998, Mr. Coomer was offered a scholarship to attend the Royal Ballet School under the direction of Dame Merle Park and later, Gailene Stock. Mr. Coomer danced with Houston Ballet for six seasons before joining Texas Ballet Theater in 2007. His repertoire includes lead roles in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker, Giselle, Dracula, Four Last Songs, Three Preludes, Five Poems, Mozart Requiem, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Cleopatra, Peer Gynt, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella; in John Cranko’s Onegin; Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow; George Balanchine’s Apollo, La Valse, Allegro Brillante, Serenade, Four Temperaments and Theme and Variations; Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Gloria and Manon; Paul Taylor’s Company B, and In the Beginning; Julia Adam’s The Accidental; Stanton Welch’s Indigo, Red Earth, Blindness, Divergence, Madame Butterfly and Tutu; Christopher Bruce’s Sergeant Early’s Dream, Ghost Dances, Rooster and Hush; Harald Lander’s Études; Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries; Jerome Robbins’ The Concert; Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena and Without Borders; Jonathan Watkins’ Crash; Hans Van Manen’s Grosse Fuge, and Jiri Kylian’s Svadebka and Petite Mort. Mr. Coomer has also choreographed three works for Texas Ballet Theater, Evolving (2012), Clann (2014) and the crowd pleasing one act ballet Henry VIII (2018).

Where are you from?
Liverpool, England

When did you begin dancing?
Age 13

Why did you begin dancing?
I always wanted to dance like Michael Jackson and every time I hear music it moves something inside of me.

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?
Romeo and Juliet and Albrecht in Giselle. You have to be very honest and let yourself become the character.

What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer? 

Certain sacrifices that you have to make like family; I haven’t spent Christmas with my brother and sisters for about 18 years.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Do you enjoy teaching or choreographing?
Yes both. I have created three works for the Company and regularly teach in the school and summer programs.

What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
Golf, swimming and just being outside with my two beautiful children Tiago and Isabella.

Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
Liverpool FC. I’m a die hard fan and never miss a game.

What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
I think you have to fully commit to what you are doing in the studio and want to grow and learn every day.