The Houston Ballet Guild First Soloist


Huntington Beach, California

Dance Training

Southland Ballet Academy
Houston Ballet Academy
Houston Ballet II

Year Joined



First Soloist - 2022
Soloist - 2017
Demi Soloist - 2017

Favorite Roles

George Balanchine’s Rubies, “Principal Pas”
Ben Stevenson’s Coppelia, “Swanhilda”
Stanton Welch’s Sylvia, “Generals”
Justin Peck’s “Under the Folding Sky”
Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan, “Tinkerbell”

Favorite Ballet

Stanton Welch’s Nutcracker (2015)
*Justin Peck’s Under the Folding Sky (2023)
Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit (2017)
Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan (2022)
Jorma Elo’s One/End/One  (2022)
William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite (2016)
Jiri Kylian’s Wings of Wax (2016)

A Defining Moment

"I feel not just one moment onstage defines me in my career, but rather every time I bow onstage. In that fleeting time, I am reminded to embrace the culmination of years of disciplined practice and dedicated artistry I have dedicated to this art form. I feel profound significance of the present moment; the emotions evoked between the performers and audience creates something indescribable."


Tyler Donatelli was born in Huntington Beach, California and trained at the Southland Ballet Academy in Fountain Valley, CA.  She was the silver medal winner at 2012 Youth America Grand Prix as well as first prize in ballet at The Music Center Spotlight Awards 2012.   She joined Houston Ballet II in January 2013 and became an apprentice for Houston Ballet in 2014.  Donatelli continued as a corps de ballet in 2015.  In 2017 she was promoted to Demi Soloist in March and Soloist in September.  Donatelli was promoted to First Soloist in September 2022.

She has performed roles in Stanton Welch's The Nutcracker (Clara & Sugar Plum Fairy), Zodiac, Tapestry, Romeo and Juliet, Red Earth, and Giselle; Mark Morris’ The Letter V ; George Balanchine's Serenade and Jewels; Trey McIntyre's Peter Pan (Tinkerbell); Justin Peck's Year of the Rabbit; and Ben Stevenson's Coppélia (Swanhilda). She has had roles created on her in Stanton Welch’s Zodiac, Just and Sparrow; Arthur Pita's Good Vibrations and Justin Peck’s Reflections.

Donatelli has danced in several tours including Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake in Dubai, UAE and Minneapolis, MN (2018); Stanton Welch’s Velocity in Bonn and Tapestry in Ludwigshafen, Germany (2017); and Stanton Welch’s world premiere of Just and Sons de L’âme  and Trey McIntyre’s In Dreams at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA (2018).  As part of the Company’s 50th Anniversary in October of 2019, she traveled to New York City’s City Center to reprise her original role in Justin Peck’s Reflections. 


Mónica Gómez

Gian Carlo Perez