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Houston Ballet's Oliver Halkowich

Oliver Halkowich, soloist

Birthplace
Florida Keys

Dance Training
Miami City Ballet School
San Francisco Ballet School

Joined the Company
2002

Promoted to Soloist
2008

Favorite Role
The Jester in Cinderella

One defining moment…
I'm still waiting...

Oliver grew up in South Florida. His parents immersed him in a strict regimen of jazz, tap, diving, gymnastics, karate, and piano lessons. He performed in Miami City Ballet's first Nutcracker at the age of 7, fell in love with both Tchaikovsky and ballet and was soon skipping the aforementioned activities for a strict diet of plies and tendues. At 14, Oliver went west to train with the San Francisco Ballet School. In 2001, he began his professional dance career back on the east coast with the Boston Ballet. A year later, he settled on middle ground in Texas. Oliver enjoys the heat, the smell of corn tortillas and the diverse repertoire that Houston and its ballet offer.

He has danced a variety of classical, contemporary and character roles: the socially awkward Alain in Frederick Ashton's La Fille Mal Gardee, the misunderstood stepsister in Stanton Welch's Cinderella, the jazzy couple in red in George Balanchine's Rubies and the bulldog sailor in Jerome Robbin's Fancy Free. And of course every December Oliver can still be found in The Nutcracker. No longer the White Rabbit, his new favorite roles are the zany Herr Drosselymeyer and the romantic Prince. Oliver still loves Tchaikovsky.


Houston Ballet's Oliver Halkowich

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Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker

Headshot by: Jamie Lagdameo