Carl Coomer

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Carl Coomer, a native of Liverpool, England, began his training when he was 13 years old. In 1998, Mr. Coomer was offered a scholarship to attend the Royal Ballet School under the direction of Dame Merle Park and later, Gailene Stock. Mr. Coomer danced with Houston Ballet for six seasons before joining Texas Ballet Theater in 2007. His repertoire includes lead roles in Ben Stevenson’s Nutcracker, Giselle, Dracula, Four Last Songs, Three Preludes, Five Poems, Mozart Requiem, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Cleopatra, Peer Gynt, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella; in John Cranko’s Onegin; George Balanchine’s Apollo, La Valse, Four Temperaments and Theme and Variations; Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Gloria and Manon; Paul Taylor’s Company B, and In the Beginning; Julia Adam’s The Accidental; Stanton Welch’s Indigo, Red Earth, Blindness, and Tutu; Christopher Bruce’s Sergeant Early’s Dream, Ghost Dances and Hush; Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries; Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena; Hans Van Manen’s Grosse Fuge,and Jiri Kylian’s Svadebka. Mr. Coomer has also choreographed two works for Texas Ballet Theater, Evolving (2012) and Clann (2014). He is married to dancer Leticia Oliveira and in 2013, they welcomed their first child, Tiago.

Where are you from?
Liverpool, England

When did you begin dancing?
Age 13

Why did you begin dancing?
I always wanted to dance like Michael Jackson.

When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
2007

What is your favorite ballet to see?
Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dancer

What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Romeo and Juliet and Albrecht in Giselle. You have to be very honest and let yourself become the character.

What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
Certain sacrifices that you have to make like family; I haven’t spent Christmas with my brothers and sister for about 14 years.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate

Do you enjoy teaching or choreographing?
Yes both. I have created two works for the Company

What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
Golf

Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
Liverpool FC

 

What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
I think you have to fully commit to what you are doing in the studio and want to grow and learn every day.