Endowment

The Houston Ballet Guild First Soloist

Birthplace

St. Petersburg, Florida

Dance Training

Diane Partington Studio of Classical Ballet
North Carolina School of the Arts
American Ballet Theatre Studio Company 

Year Joined

2006

Promotions

First Soloist - 2018
Soloist – 2016
Demi Soloist - 2013

Favorite Ballet

George Balanchine's Theme and Variations

A Defining Moment

In 2016, Stanton Welch created an evening length work Sons de L'âme to be performed with Lang Lang playing piano on stage in Paris. I don't think I've been as proud on stage as I was during those bows with the entire house cheering for us! There was something so special about those performances... There was such an intimate connection with the brilliant pianist and each dancer on stage. Every performance was different and special in its own way. I am incredibly proud to have been a part of those performances. It didn't hurt that my (now) husband proposed to me before the first performance!

BIO

Allison Miller was born in St. Petersburg, Florida and studied in Ellenton, Florida with Diane Partington, Rey Dizon, and Filipp Gadar. In 2002, Ms. Miller attended the North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied with Warren Conover, Melissa Hayden, and Susan McCullough. She joined the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in 2004. Ms. Miller did two summer sessions with Houston Ballet Academy in 2002 and 2006.  She joined Houston Ballet as a corps de ballet member in 2006.  She was promoted to demi soloist in 2013 and soloist in 2016.  She became first soloist in 2018.

Since joining Houston Ballet, Ms. Miller has performed in Stanton Welch works such as The Nutcracker (Clara, Sugar Plum Fairy and Danish), Swan Lake (Neopolitan Princess), Giselle (Zulma and Wilis), Sons de L'âme*, and Paquita*.  Her repertoire includes Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Florine, Fairy Generosity, Fairy Temperament and Pas de Quatre), The Nutcracker (Clara, Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy), Don Quixote (Kitri), Coppélia (Swanilda); William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated; Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow (Valencienne); Justin Peck’s Reflections*; Oliver Halkowich’s Following*;  Asaf Messerer’s Spring Waters; and George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Serenade, Ballo della Regina, Theme and Variations and Emeralds.

Ms. Miller, principal Nozomi Iijima and first soloist Mónica Gómez were featured in portraits in mid-jeté en avant for C. Finley’s Sky Dance mural in downtown Houston, Texas in 2018.  Sky Dance is Houston’s largest mural celebrating the city’s arts and culture in vibrant color and femininity.  The mural is meant to evoke empowerment and joy and is located at 1415 Louisiana Street with the dimensions of 230 feet wide and 130 feet tall.

*works in which roles were originated on Ms. Miller 

Photos

Oliver Halkowich

Christopher Gray