Carolyn Judson moved to Houston, Texas, from Sacramento, California, in 2001 to train at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. She joined Texas Ballet Theater in 2003, where she has been featured in the title roles of Ben Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and Cleopatra. She has also performed the principal roles of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote and Svetlana in Dracula, and has enjoyed performing Waltz Girl and Terpsichore in George Balanchine’s Serenade and Apollo. Two favorite ballets she has performed are Three Preludes and Image, both choreographed by Ben Stevenson. In August of 2012, Ms. Judson had the opportunity to work with Twyla Tharp and dance in her production of Come Fly Away on tour in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. The following summer, she was a guest artist with the Queensland Ballet, performing Ben Stevenson’s 3 Preludes. This is Ms. Judson’s sixteenth season with Texas Ballet Theater. Carolyn is a GYROTONIC® instructor and Health Coach.
Where are you from?
When did you begin dancing?
3 years old but then I quit because it became boring. Then I started jazz at 8 years old and have been dancing ever since.
Why did you begin dancing?
My friend in school asked if I would take jazz class with her. Then my jazz teacher suggested I take ballet to help my jazz dancing. I was kind of embarrassed about taking ballet because it wasn’t a cool thing to do. But, then I got to perform The Nutcracker and I’ve liked it ever since.
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Juliet in Romeo and Juliet
What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
No matter how old you are or how long you’ve been doing it, your work is never done. This is actually a good thing as it keeps us working and improving and doing our best.
What is your favorite movie/TV show?
Movies: Dirty Dancing and Waiting for Guffman
TV show: Friends
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Anything with truffle oil on it and The Bachelor TV show.
What is your favorite local attraction/favorite thing to do in DFW?
I LOVE Central Market!
Who has been most influential to your life of dancing?
Ben Stevenson. We are the luckiest dancers to have Ben as our boss. He is the reason I am a professional dancer and the reason I love my job.
Which member of FRIENDS do you identify with most?
I wish I was like Rachel – easy, breezy and fashion forward. But, I am definitely more like Monica – a bit high strung and a control freak. I’m working on it, though!
What’s your least favorite part of getting ready for a performance?
Warming up! One day someone will invent a warm up pill and I’ll be their best customer!