Connie Flachs

Company Member since 2011

Connie began her ballet training at the age of thirteen after an injury forced her to take a break from competitive gymnastics. The bulk of her training occurred at the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet under her parents Rose Marie Wurzer and Charles Flachs.

She supplemented this training on scholarship at summer programs with the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, the Akhmedova Ballet Academy, Tulsa Ballet, and Houston Ballet. Connie received an honorable mention in the 2010 Young Arts competition, won the Grand Prix Award at the 2011 regional Youth American Grand Prix competition and was chosen to perform in the last round of the New York City finals.

She performed on live television for the 2012 ArtPrize Finale.

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Whom do you most admire and why?

Cheryl Strayed, a Portland-based writer, is a huge inspiration for me.  She is incredibly skilled at her craft and tells stories in a way that connect authentically with the reader.  Furthermore, her advice-based podcast, Dear Sugars, always offers emotionally intelligent, empathetic takes on problems and her gentle but determined perspectives help me work through my own issues and see the world through others’ eyes.

What excites you creatively?

The idea of really portraying a character or thought to the audience is the whole reason I dance.  I love story-telling and fleshing out the backstory behind the steps happening on stage.

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?  

Coffee shop owner, social worker, food policy advocate, non-profit community development, writer… so many!

What is the best piece of dance advice you’ve ever received?

Be a sponge and absorb everything you can from those around you but also remember it’s your own career and belongs to you, not anybody else.

What are your favorite roles?

  • • Juliet, Romeo & Juliet, choreography by Mario Radacovsky (2013, 2017-18)
  • • Spy, The Envelope, choreography by David Parsons (2013, 2016)
  • • I Can Dream Girl, Company B, choreography by Paul Taylor (2016)
  • • Dark Angel, Serenade, choreography by George Balanchine (2016)
  • One, choreography by Uri Sands (2018)