Originally from Fort Worth, Katelyn Rhodes started her training at North Central School of Ballet and Trinity Valley School of Ballet, where she studied under Marina Almayeva. She continued her training at Texas Ballet Theater School and Texas Christian University, where she was a Nordan Fine Arts scholar. Since joining TBT in 2013, Ms. Rhodes has performed in Ben Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, as well as George Balanchine’s Serenade and Rubies, Ji?í Kylián’s Petite Mort and Jonathan Watkins’ Crash. Ms. Rhodes also enjoyed performing in the world premier of Fantasy on a Theme, choreographed by Ben Stevenson especially for TBT II. She is starting her third season with the company.
Where are you from?
Fort Worth, TX
When did you begin dancing?
I was 3 years old when my mom enrolled me in ballet.
Why did you begin dancing?
So I could burn off some extra toddler energy
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?
Swan Lake – Swan in the corps de ballet
What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
How much time outside of the studio I have to spend getting ready to be in the studio
What sound do you love?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Drinking a giant glass of chocolate milk
Do you enjoy teaching or choreographing?
What other talents do you have besides dancing?
I’ve been playing piano for 15 years!
What is your favorite local attraction/favorite thing to do in DFW?
Country Dancing at Cowboys Red River in Dallas
Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers
If you could drive any car, what would it be?
Aston Martin DBS V12
If you could have a vacation home, where would it be?
Asheville, North Carolina
What would your best friends say about you?
“She eats a lot!”
What is your favorite part of a performance?
Waiting in the wings when the overture is playing before the curtain goes up.
What’s your least favorite part of getting ready for a performance?
Prepping pointe shoes
What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?