AUSTIN POWERS, born in Portland, Oreg., began his dance training at the age of five. He trained at Houston Ballet Academy, San Francisco Ballet School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet School, the Center for Movement Arts, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance.
Austin began his professional career in 2014 as a trainee with Ballet San Jose, and joined BalletMet in 2015, where he has been performing for seven seasons. Austin also performs regularly with Chamber Dance Project in Washington D.C.
He has danced original choreography by Cooper Verona, Myles Thatcher, Edwaard Liang, Matthew Neenan, Leiland Charles, Diane Coburn Bruning, Christian Denice, and Grace-Anne Powers. Some of his favorite roles have been Tybalt in Edwaard Liang’s Romeo and Juliet, 18+1 by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Dwellings by Christian Denice, Symphonic Dances by Liang, Fool’s Paradise and After the Rain by Christopher Wheeldon, Cacti by Alexander Ekman, and Herr Drosselmeyer in Gerard Charles’ The Nutcracker.
Austin has also collaborated with his wife, Grace-Anne, to choreograph and dance several works for San Jose’s Commons arts festival, and an original production of Amahl and the Night Visitors for Opera Project Columbus. In recent years he has had the honor and pleasure to work with the incredibly talented artists of BalletMet II as a rehearsal director and repetiteur.
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