Drake Humphreys, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah trained at Ballet West Academy, and spent summers studying with Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater School. He has enjoyed performing Tarantella and Pas de Six from Napoli, and in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. This is Mr. Humphreys sixth season with Texas Ballet Theater.
Where are you from?
Salt Lake City, Utah
When did you begin dancing?
In 2004, when I was 12.
Why did you begin dancing?
My friend got me to take a ballet class.
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
In 2010, when I was 18.
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?
Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries, Ben Stevenson’s Mozart Requiem
What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
How different it is from training in that you work on choreography a lot and sometimes things that you won’t do for another year.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Astrophysicist or Astronomer
What other talents do you have besides dancing?
I’ve played piano since I was very young
What is your favorite local attraction/favorite thing to do in DFW?
Go to the Botanical Gardens or any park
What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
Hiking, throwing a Frisbee, flying RC helicopters
If you could drive any car, what would it be?
Tesla Model S
If you could have a vacation home, where would it be?
What is your favorite part of a performance?
The feeling you get when you finish a show and you know it’s the best you’ve done it
Who has been most influential to your life of dancing?
My teachers Jeff Rogers and Jan Fugit
What do you want to accomplish after TBT?
I would love to go into Astronomy
What was that one “click” moment that affirmed you were made for ballet?
The first ballet class I took I knew it was what I wanted to do.
When are you the most nervous, if at all?
Right before going onstage
What kind of music do you like best?
What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?