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Houston Ballet's Amy Fote, PrincipalAmy Fote, Principal

Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Dance Training
The Harid Conservatory
National Academy of Arts
Jean Wolfmeyer School of Dance

Joined the Company

Promoted to Principal

Other Companies
Milwaukee Ballet

Favorite Role
Anna in Anna Karenina by Andre Prokovsky

“Amy Fote’s performance in the title role had the audience spellbound.  She enchanted us, every moment delicately refined, dancing so lightly she was almost floating.” – Juliet Palmer Halasz (Review of Madame Butterfly)

One Defining Moment…
Being coached by Simon Dow for the Spartacus (pas de deux).

Amy Fote began her dance training with the Jean Wolfmeyer School of Dance in her native Wisconsin. She continued her studies on scholarship at the National Academy of Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy and the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. Upon graduation she accepted a position with the Milwaukee Ballet, with which she danced 14 seasons, rising through the ranks to achieve the position of principal dancer. During her tenure in Milwaukee, Ms. Fote was regularly invited to perform at the famed Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY. Here she was trained, coached and encouraged by talented mentors such as Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, Violette Verdy and Mark Diamond, and danced with leading artists from companies throughout the world.

In 2004, Ms. Fote was invited by The Royal New Zealand Ballet to perform the lead role in Stanton Welch's Madame Butterfly, ultimately giving sixteen performances throughout New Zealand to critical acclaim. The following season she accepted Mr. Welch's invitation to join Houston Ballet as a first soloist and was promoted to principal the following year.

Ms. Fote's classical repertoire includes Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Kitri in Don Quixote, Tatiana in Onegin, Hanna in The Merry Widow, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Giselle (and Myrtha) in Giselle, Sugar Plum Fairy (and Snow Queen) in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Esmerelda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Svetlana in Dracula, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Marie in Stanton Welch's Marie and title roles in Madame Butterfly, Anna Karenina, Cinderella, Carmen and Scheherazade.

She has had featured roles in both classical and contemporary works including Ashton's Les Rendezvous, Bournonville's Conservatoire, Balanchine's Who Cares?, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, Apollo, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Western Symphony, Symphony in C, Allegro Brilliante, Rubies, Square Dance, Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Donizetti Variations, Stars and Stripes; Bruce's Seargant Early's Dream, Forsythe's In the middle, somewhat elevated Goh's Unknown Territories and In the Glow of the Night Joos's Green Table, King's Map, Kylian's Petite Mort and Svadebka, Kudelka's Little Dancer; Lichine's Graduation Ball, van Manen's Grosse Fuge and Five Tangos, McIntyre's Reassuring Effects of Form and Poetry, MacMillian's Gloria, Robbin's The Concert and Afternoon of a Faun, Taylor-Corbett's Great Galloping Gottschalk, Tudor's Lilac Garden, The Leaves are Fading and Elegies, Tetley's Voluntaries, Sappington's Virgin Forest, Stevenson's Three Preludes, Wheeldon's Carnival of the Animals, Welch's Indigo, The Core, Nosotros, Brigade, The Four Seasons, Clear, Carmina Burana, Orange, Velocity, Falling, Tutu, Red Earth, Divergence, A Doll's House, Mediaeval Babes, York's Celts and other works from Gerald Arpino, Peter Anastos, Kathy Posin, John Paul Comelin, Bruce Wells, Lisa de Ribiere, Michael Smuin, John Utans, James Canfield and Simon Dow.

Ms. Fote appeared on television in the PBS broadcast of 'Dancing Anna Karenina', a documentary following the stages of Andrey Prokovsky's ballet from rehearsal to performance.

Houston Ballet's Amy Fote

 Resource Links Below

Dance Magazine -- January 2008

Houston Ballet's Amy Fote has fashion sense that pops -- Houston Chronicle

Meet the Artist: Principal Amy Fote

Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Manon (clip 1)

Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Manon (clip 2)

William Forsythe's In the middle, somewhat elevated

Amy Fote talks about Houston Ballet's Swan Lake on The Front Row (KUHF 88.7)


Headshot by: Patrick Dean

Photo: Drew Donovan