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Katharine Precourt

Katharine Precourt, First Soloist

Birthplace
San Diego, California

Dance Training
Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy
San Diego School of Ballet

Joined the Company
2004

Promoted to Demi Soloist:
2008

Promoted to Soloist:
2011

Promoted to First Soloist:
2013

Favorite Ballet
The list keeps getting longer

One defining moment...
Anytime I feel I have reached a personal best in my dancing, whether in the studio or on stage.

Katharine Precourt began her dance training under the direction of Robin Morgan at the San Diego School of Ballet, where her teachers included the legendary Dame Sonia Arova and Jillana. At the age of ten she was selected for the part of Clara in the San Francisco Ballet's The Nutcracker and the following year she performed with American Ballet Theatre in their televised production of Le Corsaire. Ms. Precourt attended Summer Intensive programs on full merit scholarship at some of the most renowned schools in the nation: Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy, the School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School and she was the recipient of a scholarship award from Regional Dance America to American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive program. She continued her training year round in Houston as a member of Houston Ballet II and during this time she was an ARTS Ballet Award winner in the 2004 competition sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. She was then invited to perform at their 2005 Gala honoring Mikhail Baryshnikov.

With the Houston Ballet, Ms. Precourt has developed into a versatile artist, proficient in both the classical as well as the contemporary repertoire. She has danced lead roles in great classical ballets: Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty (Stevenson), Gamzatti in La Bayadère (Welch), Myrtha in Giselle (Gaisina), and she enjoys reprising every year the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker (Stevenson). Other performance highlights include lead and featured parts in: Les Patineurs (Ashton), Jewels and Serenade (Balanchine), In the middle, somewhat elevated (Forsythe), Falling Angels and Petite Mort (Kylián), Song of the Earth and Manon (MacMillan), Afternoon of a Faun and The Concert (Robbins), Divergence and Tutu (Welch).  Stanton Welch choreographed parts for her in Marie, Punctilious and The Ladies.

Ms. Precourt is delighted to have the opportunity to participate and dance in community related events and fund-raising benefits including the 2011 Pink at the Brown. She also represented the company, performing with the Houston Ballet II, at the inauguration of the new award-winning Houston Ballet's Center for Dance.

Press

On the rise, Dance Magazine (Nancy Wozny)

Five ballet dancer share the moments that catapulted them to stardom, Dance Spirit (Julie Diana)

Interview

Ballet Connections

 

Headshot by: Amitava Sarkar