The Melza M. Barr Principal Dancer


Longview, Texas

Dance Training

Longview Ballet Theatre
The Rock School for Dance

Year Joined


Previous Company

Ballet West - 2010-2022

Favorite Roles

Lead in George Balanchine’s Diamonds
Juliet in John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet
Odette/Odile in Swan Lake 

Favorite Ballet

It’s really difficult for me to pick a favorite.  The music in a ballet is the most important thing to me.

A Defining Moment

During my last performance of Giselle with Ballet West at the end of the adagio before our pas begins Giselle goes into a penche and then roles up to Demi pointe. I had a “ballerina moment” and was able to fully role up onto pointe and balance. It was something I never rehearsed and frankly am not 100% sure I could recreate that moment. It felt so special, I felt like a true spirit.


Beckanne Sisk began her ballet training with Longview Ballet Theater at the age of five. She studied there until age thirteen when she moved to Philadelphia, PA to attend The Rock School for Dance Education on scholarship. She was a part of the Rock’s RAPA program for four years. While there, Sisk won the Jerome Robbins award in 2007, and competed at the Youth America Grand Prix from 2007-2010, placing in 1st and 3rd. Adam Sklute invited her to join Ballet West II in 2010, at age seventeen, after seeing her compete at YAGP. After one year in Ballet West II, she joined the main company as a New Artist in 2011 and then to Principal in 2015.  She joined Houston Ballet as Principal Dancer in August 2022.

She has performed the female principal roles in Anna Marie Holmes’ Don Quixote, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet and Onegin, as well as Adam Sklute’s adaptations of GiselleThe Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Sisk has been noticed by The Washington Post in William Christensen’s The Nutcracker, “one of the most charming and beguiling ballerinas to embody the role in recent memory. She was every bit the fairy-tale queen of one’s dreams – regal but warm, expressive but subtly so, who sustained her balances as if mere air held her up, and yet paradoxically, her dominant quality was softness.” Also, her performance in Cranko’s Onegin was recognized by Pointe Magazine as one of the Standout Performances of 2019.

Original principal roles have been created on her by many renowned contemporary choreographers such as Nicolo Fonte, Val Caniparoli, Edwaard Liang and Matthew Neenan. She has since become an international guest star.

In addition to her dancing, Sisk was featured on the CW’s Breaking Pointe television show for two seasons and has appeared in Mexico Vogue. She also won the Bronze Medal in the Beijing International Ballet Competition in June 2012 and was chosen for the 2012 Princess Grace Dance Fellowship Award.


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