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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Roles

Leading roles:

Aurora, Sleeping Beauty, Marius Petipa
Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Mario Radacovsky
Lucy, Dracula, Wes Chapman & Roger Van Fleteren
Serenade, George Balanchine
Fairy Doll Pas de Trois, Joseph Hassreiter

Original Featured Roles:

Hermia, Midsummer, Olivier Wevers
Beethoven, Mario Radacovsky

Featured roles:

Company B, Paul Taylor
Swan Lake, Marius Petipa
Eyes That Gently Touch, Kirk Peterson
The Moor’s Pavane, Jose Limon
Cold Winter’s Waiting, Brian Enos
The Envelope, David Parsons
Napoli Pas de Dix, August Bournonville
Memorias del Dorado, Anabelle Lopez Ochoa
Weather One, Susan Jaffee
Things You Can’t Take Back, Andrea Schermoly
The Nutcracker, Val Caniparoli
One Charming Night, Sagi Gross
People are Disappointing, Thank You, Andrew Bartee
Slight, Penny Saunders
Bolero, Mario Radacovsky
The Great Divorce, Preston Miller

Interests

Outside of ballet, I have a strong interest in photography. I love photographing nature, people and Grand Rapids Ballet dress rehearsals.

I really enjoyed academics in high school and graduated as Salutatorian – now I am slowly working my way towards an Associate’s Degree and reading my way through the Grand Rapids public library.

I have a slight obsession with J.K. Rowling and obscure musicals – it’s been a good day if I’ve been able to quote a line from a Harry Potter book or the musical [title of show].