The Aussie invasion continues at Houston Ballet
The Aussie count at Houston Ballet has just gone up.
In addition to artistic director Stanton Welch and corps de ballet member Samantha Lynch, Danielle Rowe joins the company as first soloist in January 2011. Rowe is leaving her position as principal at The Australian Ballet to join Houston Ballet. Welch's lavish historical epic ballet Marie will mark her first performance with the company, running Feb. 26 -March 6, 2011.
Born in Shepparton, Australia, Rowe trained at the Cheryl Bradley Dance Studios and Marie Walton-Mahon before joining The Australian Ballet in 2001. She was appointed principal in 2008 and her repertoire highlights include The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and numerous other classic ballets. Rowe is ready for her big Texas adventure.
"I am extremely delighted to be part of a company that is regarded world wide as fresh and inspired," she said in a statement. "The diverse repertoire, talented dancers and support surrounding Houston Ballet are reasons for any dancer to be excited."
Welch first met Rowe at The Australian Ballet while setting Velocity. He also set the role of Carabosse on her in Sleeping Beauty. "She's a dynamic and diverse dancer who is a great storyteller," Welch said in a statement. "She caught my eye right away and many of the world's best choreographers, like Christopher Wheeldon, gravitate toward her."
Rowe's dancing has been praised by critics for her "seductive assurance," "transfixed vigor" and "powerful stage presence." She added, "The thought of dancing with new dancers and choreographers leaves me with a feeling of anticipated excitement."