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Houston Ballet's Mireille HassenboehlerMireille Hassenboehler, Principal

New Orleans, Louisiana

Dance Training
Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy

Harvey Hysell
San Francisco Ballet School

Joined the Company

Promoted to Principal

Favorite Role
Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty

"Mireille Hassenboehler attacked the featured role, originally created for the rubber-jointed French star Sylvie Guillem, with super-charged aplomb. She and Phillip Broomhead plugged into an amazing energy force in a pas de deux that brought the piece to an electrifying climax." -Molly Glenzer (Houston Chronicle review of the ballet In the middle, somewhat elevated)

One defining moment...
Performing as a last minute replacement for opening night of Giselle with Carlos Acosta.

A native of New Orleans, Mireille Hassenboehler trained with Harvey Hysell until the age of 17. After studying at the San Francisco Ballet School and Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy, Ms. Hassenboehler joined Houston Ballet in 1992 and was promoted to principal in 2000. Her classical repertoire includes: the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora and Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Giselle and Myrtha in Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Nikiya in La Bayadere, Hanna in The Merry Widow, Esmeralda pas de deux, title roles in The Firebird, Cleopatra, Cinderella, Madame Butterfly and Marie, Manon and Lescaut's Mistress in Manon and the ballerina in Harold Lander's Etudes. She has had featured roles in both classical and contemporary works, including: Adam's Ketubah; Ashton's Les Patineurs, Balachine's The Four TemperamentsTheme and Variations, Serenade, Symphony in C, Apollo, and Western Symphony; Bruce's HushGhost Dances, Sergeant Early's Dream, and Rooster; Duato's Jardi Tancat; Forsythe's In the middle, somewhat elevated; Kylian's Svadebka, Sinfonetta and Forgotten Land; Kudelka's Little Dancer; Lefar's Suite en Blanc; van Manen's Grosse Fuge and Five Tangos; McIntrye's Skeleton ClockBound and Second Before the Ground; McMillan's Elite Syncopations; Morris's Sandpaper Ballet; Robbins' The Concert and Afternoon of a Faun; Tetley's Lux in Tenebris and Rite of Spring; Stevenson's The Snow Maiden, Alice in Wonderland, Peer GyntFour Last SongsTwilightFive Poems and Dracula; Wheeldon's Carnival of the Animals; Welch's Swan LakeIndigoBruiser, Brigade, The CoreMediaevel Babes, Nosotros, Orange, Play, Tales of TexasA Doll's House, Divergence, Velocity, Garden of MirthTutuFallingRed Earth, Maninyas,and Elements. Ms. Hassenboehler is married to Mr. Robert Daniel Patman, Executive Director of Texas Oncology.

Houston Ballet's Mireille Hassenboehler

Resource Links Below

Best Ballet Dancer - Houston Press

Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake

Nacho Duato's Jardí Tancat

Headshot by: Amitava Sarkar
Photo: Drew Donovan