Robin Bangert returns to the stage this year for her fourteenth season with Texas Ballet Theater. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Ms. Bangert began her training at The Academy of Performing Arts. At fifteen, she left home and continued her dance education at The Harid Conservatory, North Carolina School of the Arts and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy before joining Texas Ballet Theater in 2004. Ms. Bangert has danced soloist roles in many of Mr. Stevenson’s ballets, including Ingrid in Peer Gynt, Carabosse and Fairy Song in The Sleeping Beauty, The Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, and Cyngnets, Pas de Trois and Neopolitan in Swan Lake. She has also immensely enjoyed dancing roles in Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV, Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Jonathan Watkins’ Crash, Val Canaparoli’s Without Borders and Peter Zweifel’s Love Always Remains and The Finding.
Where are you from?
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
When did you begin dancing?
When I was 5
Why did you begin dancing?
I was always dancing around! My grandmother was an actress and a dancer too so it is in my blood!
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
What is your favorite ballet to see?
Dracula, Swan Lake and Manon
What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Ingrid in Peer Gynt, Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty, Cygnets in Swan Lake, Russian Girls and Hark Angel in Serenade
What is your favorite movie/TV show?
When Harry Met Sally
What is your most memorable vacation?
Hiking 96 miles, The West Highland Way, in Scotland with my best friend, Emily.
What’s your least favorite word?
What sound do you love?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Hot popcorn + peanut butter M&Ms = you’re welcome
Do you enjoy teaching or choreographing?
I really enjoy teaching and it has taught me a lot about my own dancing
What do you do over the summer break?
Travel, teach and lay on the beach!
What is something you enjoy doing outside of dancing?
Cooking and bartending
If you could drive any car, what would it be?
I hate driving! If I was rich, I’d have a driver and I’d let him/her pick the car!
If you could a vacation home, where would it be?
What would your best friends say about you?
That I am fun and loyal
Who has been most influential to your life of dancing?
Ben Stevenson has given me a career beyond my dreams
When are you the most nervous? If at all…
Right before the curtain goes up
Which member of FRIENDS do you identify with most?
Marcel the monkey
Use one word to describe the feeling after dancing the last performance of The Nutcracker:
What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
You can’t be afraid to look silly or try something new. You must be able to let your soul show.