Home state: Portland, Ore.
BalletMet company member since: 2016
Austin Henry Powers, a native of Portland, OR, began his ballet training at the age of 5. He trained on full scholarship 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. Mr. Powers began his professional career in 2014 as a trainee with Ballet San Jose, and the following year was a silver medalist at the Youth America Grand Prix competition. He has danced original choreography, as well as appearing in Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, Karen Gabay’s The Nutcracker, and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. Austin was a guest artist performing the principal male role in Les Sylphides with Spector Dance Theater in Marina, CA prior to joining BalletMet in July of 2015. Some of his favorite roles have been Tybalt in Edwaard Liang’s Romeo and Juliet, 18+1 by Gustavo Ramirez, Interplay by Gerome Robbins, Armide by Liang, and Herr Drosselmeyer in Gerard Charles’ The Nutcracker. He has also collaborated with his wife, Grace-Anne, to choreograph and dance for San Jose’s Commons arts festival, and an original production of Amahl and the Night Visitors for Opera Project Columbus.