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Jim Nowakowski

Jim Nowakowski, Demi Soloist

Birthplace
South Korea

Dance Training
Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education

Joined the Company
2007

Promoted to Demi Soloist
2013

Favorite Ballet
Cinderella

One defining moment...
Receiving the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Gold Award from Mikhail Baryshnikov in New York City.

Jim Nowakowski, began his formal ballet training at the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, Rochester, New York. He performed as a Rochester City Ballet company member in 2002 in productions of The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Firebird. In 2002 Mr. Nowakowski attended the Youth American Grand Prix where he was presented the Junior Grand Prix Prize.  Later in 2004 he took home the Junior Men's Gold and again in 2007 was awarded the Senior Men's Gold Award. Mr. Nowakowski was a finalist at the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts youngARTS Week and was presented with the Gold Award in Dance from Mikhail Baryshnikov. He also was a Presidential Scholar of 2007 Nominee, as well as a Carnival Cruise Line youngARTS winner in Dance. Mr. Nowakowski joined Houston Ballet as a corps member in 2007. His roles included the Fire God and the God of Dreams in Stanton Welch's La Bayadère, Step Sisters and Lead Ghost in Stanton Welch's Cinderella, and numerous roles in Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker. Other repertoire of Mr. Nowakowski includes featured roles in Stanton Welch's Tu Tu, Nosotros, Falling, Elements and Tapestry; Hans van Manen's Solo; Blue Boy in Sir Frederick Ashton's Les Patineurs; Jiří Kilyián's Soldiers Mass; and The Bluebird in Ben Stevenson's The Sleeping Beauty.

"I'd like to have seen more of Jim Nowakoski, who sprang to life briefly in a whizzy solo as a fire god in Act 1." Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle Feb. 26, 2010 La Bayadère review


"Jim Nowakowski isn't onstage all that long as Agni the fire god, but he is all excitement when he is, leaping from a temple pyre over prostrate worshippers and dancing impressively before leaping right back in." John DeMers, Houston ArtsWeek March 2010 La Bayadère review

Click here to watch a video interview with Mr. Nowakowski.

Headshot by: Pam Francis