Steven Houser

Company Member since 2011

Steven began his ballet training at the age of 6 in his hometown of Portland, OR. He has studied at Metro Dancers, Portland Community Ballet, Arts and Communication Magnet Academy, and the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. He also spent summers studying on scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. Steven joined Oregon Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2004, was made a full company member in 2005, and was promoted to soloist in 2007. He joined the Grand Rapids Ballet in 2011. Steven had performed nationally and internationally in Japan, Korea, Juneau and Anchorage, Alaska, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

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Whom do you most admire and why?

Anyone who tries to understand the world beyond their own lived experience.

What excites you creatively?

Honesty, empathy, and diversity.

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

Anything involving travel and/or food.

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

Practice doesn’t make perfect; practice makes permanent.

What are your favorite roles?

  • • The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, choreography by William Forsythe (2007/2009)
  • • Bugle Boy, Company B, choreography by Paul Taylor (2005/2011/2016)
  • • Lead man, Rubies, choreography by George Balanchine (2008/2014)
  • • Waltz Boy, Serenade, choreography by George Balanchine (2011/2016)
  • • Blue Rose, choreography by Helgi Tomasson (2007)
  • • Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, choreography by Olivier Wevers (2014)
  • • Written and Forgotten, choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (2014)
  • • King of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland, choreography by Brian Enos (2016)
  • • Adin, choreography by Christopher Stowell (2006)
  • • Lambarena, choreography by Val Caniparoli (2010)