Amanda Fairweather is in her sixth season with Texas Ballet Theater. Originally from Orange, California, she began her training at the Academy of Dance under Merle Sepel and Rebecca Tsvkinm, then attended the State University of New York Purchase College, where she graduated cum laude. In 2011 she attended the Texas Ballet Theater School Summer Intensive and was asked to join the company as a trainee. She has performed in Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, Swan Lake and Giselle, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Balanchine’s Serenade.
Where are you from?
When did you begin dancing?
6 years old
Why did you begin dancing?
I saw my cousins dancing and told my parents I wanted to dance
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
What is your favorite ballet to see?
Romeo and Juliet
What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
A bride in Dracula and I loved being a swan in Swan Lake
What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
How lucky we are to be able to do something we love as our job
What sound do you love?
What’s your favorite food from the State Fair of Texas?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
I love horseback riding but I don’t get to do it anymore
Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
New England Patriots!
What would your best friends say about you?
I’m not as shy as people think I am.
Who has been most influential to your life of dancing?
My family because they have been so supportive
When are you the most nervous, if at all?
Right before I go on stage
What is your favorite meal?
Brunch but food wise I love pizza!
What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?