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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 First Soloist:
2013

Favorite Ballet
The list keeps getting longer...

One defining moment...
Every time I achieve a personal best in my dancing

Katharine Precourt began her dance training under the direction of Robin Morgan at the San Diego School of Ballet and attended Summer Intensive programs on full merit scholarship at some of the most renowned ballet schools in the nation: Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy, School of American Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School. She was also the recipient of a scholarship award from Regional Dance America to American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive program. Starting in 2002, Ms. Precourt continued her training year round in Houston as a member of Houston Ballet II and later was invited to join the company in 2004. That same year she received the ARTS award in Ballet from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

Ms. Precourt's extensive repertoire includes principal roles in the great classical ballets: Odette/Odile in Swan Lake (Stanton Welch), Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty (Ben Stevenson), Gamzatti in La Bayadère (Stanton Welch), Myrtha in Giselle (Ai-Gul Gaisina), Lescaut's Mistress in Manon (Sir Kenneth MacMillan) and she enjoys reprising every year the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker (Ben Stevenson). She has also performed lead and featured parts in: Les Patineurs (Frederick Ashton); Theme and Variations, Ballet Imperial, Apollo, Serenade, The Four Temperaments and Jewels (George Balanchine); Angular Momentum (Aszure Barton); Rooster (Christopher Bruce); In the middle, somewhat elevated (William Forsythe); Falling Angels and Petite Mort (Jiří Kylián); Song of the Earth (Sir Kenneth MacMillan); Grosse Fuge and Five Tangos (Hans van Manen); Pacific, Sandpaper Ballet and Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes (Mark Morris); Afternoon of a Faun, In the Night and The Concert (Jerome Robbins); Return (Garrett Smith); Coppelia (Ben Stevenson); In the Upper Room and The Brahms-Haydn Variations (Twyla Tharp); Divergence, Cinderella, Madame Butterfly, Brigade, The Core, Nosotros, Of Blessed Memory and Tutu (Stanton Welch). Ms. Precourt originated the lead role in Stanton Welch's Paquita, which premiered in the 2013 Jubilee of Dance. Mr. Welch also choreographed roles for her in Sons de l'âme (Sounds of the Soul), Marie, Tapestry, Punctilious, Mediaeval Babes, Elements, A Doll's House, The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and The Ladies.

As a guest artist Ms. Precourt has performed the Pas de deux from Don Quixote with Greensboro Ballet, Princess Florine from The Sleeping Beauty in the ARTS Gala, and Sugar Plum Fairy with Ballet Virginia International. She has also danced with Houston Ballet II the Pas de deux from Raymonda and third act Pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty for Pink at the Brown benefit.


Press:

On the rise, Dance Magazine (Nancy Wozny)

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

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Headshot by: Aaron Feldman