A Texas native, Kelly Kristen Farris began her training at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Houston. After graduating as a dance major from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she continued her training at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy with Houston Ballet II. Ms. Farris has enjoyed performing in Peter Zweifel’s Love Always Remains, as Generosity Fairy in Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty, Summer Fairy in his Cinderella, in Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, as well as featured roles in Mr. Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet, Dracula and Swan Lake. Dancing the lead flower couple in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker, Big Swans in Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake, and performing Mad Woman in the opening night performance of Ben Stevenson’s Peer Gynt have been some of Kelly’s favorite on-stage moments. This is her thirteenth season with Texas Ballet Theater.
Where are you from?
When did you begin dancing?
When I was 4 years old. According to my mom, the dance came first. The classes came second. I danced in everything I did and she just found a dance program that gave me structure and training.
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
What is your favorite ballet to see?
Alvin Ailey’s Revelations
What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
“Mad Lady” in Peer Gynt
What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
Not really a surprise but meeting the people that would become life-long friends.
What is your most memorable vacation?
Honeymoon in Puerto Rico and St. Lucia
What sound do you love?
My husband saying “I love you.”
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
What is something you enjoy doing outside of dancing?
What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
Fishing and birding
If you could drive any car, what would it be?
Convertible or Jeep Wrangler
If you could have a vacation home, where would it be?
Alaska or the Florida Keys
Who has been most influential to your life of dancing?
My family and friends
When are you the most nervous? If at all…
Right before curtain/in the wings – it’s the waiting that gets to me, once I am on stage and dancing, I am just enjoying the moment.
What kind of music do you like best?
What’s your least favorite part of getting ready for a performance?
When you can’t get your eyeliner even and/or your hair won’t go up how you want it to
What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
The ability to connect with the audience