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Betsy McBride

Coppell, Texas

Joined ABT 2015

Biography

Betsy McBride is originally from Coppell, Texas.  She began her training at the Ballet Academy of Texas.  At age 14, she continued her training at Texas Ballet Theater’s School. She performed Clara in The Nutcracker with Texas Ballet Theater and joined the company under O.B.E. Ben Stevenson at age 15.

McBride was an American Ballet Theatre National Training Scholar and performed in George Balanchine’s Mozartiana during ABT’s tour of Texas at age 11.  She was awarded the Grand Prix at the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix Regional Competition and was a finalist at the 2012 Helsinki International Ballet Competition.

McBride danced for Texas Ballet Theater, rising through the ranks to principal dancer, from 2007 to 2015.  Some of her principal roles include Ben Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and The Nutcracker, Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow, Svetlana in Stevenson’s Dracula, Green Lady and Solveig in Stevenson’s Peer Gynt, Waltz Girl and Dark Angel in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Solo Girl in Balanchine’s Rubies, pas de trois in Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries and Stevenson’s Sylvia Pas de Deux, as well as roles in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, Jonathan Watkin’s Crash, Stevenson’s Five Poems and Kenneth MacMillan’s Gloria.

McBride joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in June 2015. Her repertoire with the Company includes and Flower Girl and the Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote, Columbine and one of the Nutracker’s Sisters in The Nutcracker, Rosaline in Romeo and Juliet, Fleur de farine (Wheat flower), Silver Fairy and Red Riding Hood in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, a little swan, the Hungarian Princess and Lead Czardas in Swan Lake and roles in AfterEffect and Symphonic Variations.

Photo: Jiyan Dai

Repertoire

"In a polished cast of Sir Frederick Ashton's Symphonic Variations at an American Ballet Theatre performance last October, corps member Betsy McBride shone with a warmth that belied the piece's crystalline, cold precision."

-Hannah Foster, Pointe Magazine

"In particular Devon Teuscher and Calvin Royal III in the ballet's central parts, and Skylar Brandt, Misty Copeland, Cassandra Trenary, Betsy McBride, Cameron McCune and Joseph Gorak in side positions, distinguished themselves and Ashton's dancemaking."

-Robert Greskovic, The Wall Street Journal

"Betsy BcBride and Alexander Kotelenets were a dynamic duo as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. McBride's willowy frame made her lines appear unending. She accomplished the fast footwork and difficult turning section in the grande pas de deux with swan-like style."

-Katie Dravenstott, KDDance

Milestones

2006

Participated in ABT Summer Intensive 2006 - 2007

2015

Joined Corps de Ballet June 2015