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St. Louis, Missouri
Joined ABT 2014
Photo: Kellie Vendt.
Nathan Vendt was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and began dancing at the age of fourteen at Ballet Tyler under the direction of Kym Lanier. Two years later his family moved to Dallas, Texas, where he began training at the Ballet Academy of Texas under the direction of Lisa Slagle. Vendt joined the Cincinnati Ballet’s training program for the 2012-2013 season, directed by Victoria Morgan and Devon Carney.
In 2011 and 2012, Vendt won best male in the senior division at the American Ballet Competition in Austin, Texas. In 2012, Vendt won second in the Youth American Grand Prix Senior Classical Male Division at the Dallas, Texas, semi-finals. He also won the Dance Council of North Texas George Skibine Scholarship and the Regional Dance America Southwest Scholarship, both in 2011.
Vendt danced many roles with the Ballet Ensemble of Texas, including Fernando Bujones’ Slavonic Dances, Lisa Slagle’s Tarantella, and Margo Sappington’s Plaza del Fuego, as well as the full-length ballet Coppélia, choreographed by George Skibine. He also danced the roles of Nutcracker Prince, Snow King, and Lead Russian in Lisa Slagle’s The Nutcracker.
Vendt joined American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in September 2013, became an apprentice with the main Company in December 2014, and joined the corps de ballet in June 2014. His repertoire includes the Butler, Majordomo, and the Russian Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker and a Fairy Cavalier in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, as well as roles in all the Company’s full-length ballets. He created a featured role in Collage & Creed.