Paige Nyman began dancing at the age of three in Kansas City, Kansas. At 16, she was offered a scholarship to the Harid Conservatory and studied there for two years under Svetlana Osiyeva, Oliver Pardina and Victora Schneider. Since joining TBT, favorite roles have included the Pas de Trois from Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, the Pas de Trois from his Four Last Songs, Laila from his Laila and the Swan and Waltz Girl in George Balanchine’s Serenade. Ms. Nyman is in her seventh season with Texas Ballet Theater.
Where are you from?
Kansas City, Kansas
When did you begin dancing?
I was 3.
Why did you begin dancing?
I started dancing because I wanted to be like my older sister.
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
What is your favorite ballet to see?
Ben Stevenson’s 3 Preludes with Carolyn Judson and Lucas Priolo
What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
As a whole, my favorite ballet to perform is Dracula – it is so much fun! But my favorite role has to be Waltz Girl from Serenade – her joy and self-assurance are traits I wish I had more of, so it was amazing to do that on stage.
What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
I was surprised how pretty some of the girls’ feet are, even after being in pointe shoes for years! Mine are quite mangled, so I thought no one could maintain any semblance of a normal foot.
What’s your least favorite word?
Moist, succulent, supple
What sound do you love?
I love the sound of rain and thunder, and rushing water
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
What other talents do you have besides dancing?
I can make a delicious cake.
What is something you enjoy doing outside of dancing?
I love reading.
What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
Hiking, swimming, waterskiing/tubing
Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
Kansas City Chiefs!
What would your best friends say about you?
I love to laugh, most often at myself
What do you want to accomplish after TBT?
As of now, I want to go to medical school and work in pediatric medicine
Which member of FRIENDS do you identify with most?
What is your favorite meal?
Steak – medium rare
What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
Abandon and vulnerability