Originally from Fort Worth, Katelyn Rhodes began her training at North Central School of Ballet and Trinity Valley School of Ballet. She continued training at Texas Ballet Theater School and Texas Christian University, where she was a Nordan Fine Arts scholar. Since joining Texas Ballet Theater in 2013, Ms. Rhodes has enjoyed performing roles such as the Snow Queen and the Lead Flower in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker, the Summer Fairy in Cinderella, and the Rooster Girl in Christopher Bruce’s Rooster. Ms. Rhodes has also enjoyed performing in Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake, and Dracula, George Balanchine’s Serenade and Rubies, Jirí Kylián’s Petite Mort, Harald Lander’s Études, Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, and Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV©: Danse à Grande Vitesse. This is Ms. Rhodes’ sixth season with the company.
Where are you from?
Fort Worth, TX
When did you begin dancing?
I took my first ballet class when I was three, but I was dancing around the house long before then.
Why did you begin dancing?
The story goes that after I broke a lamp while dancing in the house my mom decided it was time to put me in ballet class.
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
What is your favorite ballet to see?
I love Romeo and Juliet. Prokofiev’s score is so beautiful.
What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
I loved performing in Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake and Dracula, but Christopher Wheeldon’s Danse á Grande Vitesse is my favorite contemporary piece thus far.
What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
The fact that I actually am one! Every so often I remember how much I wanted to dance with TBT and I am so grateful to be able to say that I finally do!
What sound do you love?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
A bowl of Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate ice cream
Do you enjoy teaching or choreographing?
I’ve never officially choreographed anything, but growing up I would always put on little performances with my siblings. And whenever I hear a piece of music I like I am always choreographing to it in my head.
What other talents do you have besides dancing?
I’ve been playing piano since I was eight years old and I occasionally do calligraphy.
What is your favorite local attraction/favorite thing to do in DFW?
I love going to the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
Definitely the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers
If you could drive any car, what would it be?
I’d love to drive an Aston Martin Vanquish S
What is your favorite part of a performance?
I love being with everyone backstage and sharing in the camaraderie that comes with being a part of a production together. From hanging out in between shows to giving each other nervous or excited glances in the wings, the people I dance with are what make performing fun for me.
What’s your least favorite part of getting ready for a performance?
Prepping pointe shoes
What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
A willingness to go outside of your comfort zone and not worry about what other people will think. Vulnerability, essentially.