A Tribute to Principal Dancer Amy Fote!

Dancer(s): Amy Fote and Artists of Houston Ballet; Photo: Amitava Sarkar 

On Friday, November 30, 2012, Houston Ballet presents its ninth annual Jubilee of Dance: A Tribute to Amy Fote, a special one-night only performance showcasing the talent and artistry of the company dancers in a program of high-energy excerpts from signature works and beloved classics. Principal dancer Amy Fote will be honored at the 2012 Jubilee of Dance. Ms. Fote’s career has taken her from her native Manitowoc, Wisconsin to New Zealand to Houston Ballet, where she joined the company in 2005 as a first soloist and was promoted to principal dancer in 2006. Prior to joining Houston Ballet, she danced with Milwaukee Ballet for fourteen seasons.

“Having this year’s Jubilee of Dance as a tribute to me is a most amazing gift! I feel completely honored and blessed to be recognized in this special way. Jubilee of Dance is a special time for me to say goodbye to the audience and a time to share the stage one last time with my fellow dancers.” – Amy Fote, Principal

We are going to miss you Amy, you are about to start a new and exciting journey…what’s on your mind?

Dancer(s): Amy Fote and Artists of Houston Ballet; Photo: Amitava Sarkar 

“In thinking of my career transition, each day I find myself grateful for the many wonderful opportunities I have had to dance such beautiful ballets with this world class company.  I have grown as a dancer and as an artist over the past 7 years.  I am inspired everyday by the lovely, talented people who surrounded me.  When I look at my career I am completely fulfilled and ready to take that ‘next step’. I look forward to contributing to this art form in other ways and excited to explore my other interests as well.” – Amy Fote, Principal

Dancer(s): Amy Fote as the Sugar Plum Fairy; Photo: Amitava Sarkar 

You can also watch Ballerina Amy Fote make her final appearances as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker!

This years The Nutcracker marks the 25th anniversary of Ben Stevenson’s spectacular production! At select performances Principal dancer Amy Fote will make her final appearances with Houston Ballet as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Here’s what she has to say about dancing the graceful and sweet Sugar Plum Fairy!

“The role of the Sugar Plum Fairy is demanding in many ways. One would think that in performing it year after year it would get easier…it doesn’t.  For starters, it takes a lot of stamina.  Not just the breathing-hard kind of stamina, but also stamina in your left leg.  Also, anytime you wear a tutu you are completely exposed.  Your line needs to be at its most pure and everything pulled up to the nth  degree.   When I was younger I thought this dancing was uptight and didn’t enjoy the restrictive movement.  Now, I feel a great deal of satisfaction performing something so classical, pure and refined.” – Amy Fote, Principal

“Offstage, Fote emanates positive energy, and her Wisconsin accent reveals a Midwestern can-do spirit.”

Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle (Nov. 29, 2012)


Performances of The Nutcracker and Jubilee of Dance will be held in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston. Tickets may be purchased by calling 713-227-2787 or by visiting www.houstonballet.org.


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