Nicole Von Enck is in her eighth season at Texas Ballet Theater. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she began her professional training with Joanne Hughes Morscher at the Royal School of Ballet. In 2008, she joined the North Carolina Dance Theatre for two years as an apprentice, and after attending Texas Ballet Theater School’s 2010 summer intensive, joined the Company. Some of Nicole’s favorite roles include the Prima Ballerina in Ètudes by Harald Lander, Third Pas de Duex in Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV, Britten Pas by Ben Stevenson, Petite Mort by Jiri Kylian, Flora from Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, Pas de Trois from Voluntaries by Glen Tetley, Pas de Trois and Neapolitan from Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake, Pas de Quartre from Gloria by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, and My One and Only variation from George’s Balanchine’s Who Cares. Ms. Von Enck is married to fellow TBT company member Joamanuel Velazquez.
Where are you from?
Why did you begin dancing?
I was very energetic when when I was little. The only time my mom could get me to sit still was when she took me to see the ballet at age 3. So when I turned 5 she put me in ballet lessons because I clearly loved it and to get rid of all my extra energy!
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
What is your favorite ballet to see?
3 Preludes by Ben Stevenson
What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Dracula by Ben Stevenson and Ètudes by Harald Lander
What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
How the whole Company is like my family. We all work together. I have had many different partners and loved working with all of them and the corps especially great working as a united force of swans, willies, snowflakes, etc.
What is your most memorable vacation?
My relaxing honeymoon in St. Lucia
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Working in real estate flipping houses or as a fitness/wellness coach or maybe even a personal chef. I have a lot of different passions and hobbies so who knows!
What do you do over the summer break?
My husband and I travel to visit family. I love spending as much time as possible with them.
What is something you enjoy doing outside of dancing?
Camping and visiting National Parks
Who has been most influential to your life of dancing?
My first pre-professional ballet teacher Joanne Morscher. She was very hard on me to help me become disciplined in my training because she truly believed that I could make it professionally. She never let me make any excuses for myself and helped me become the driven person I am today.