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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Original Featured Roles:

Lysander, Midsummer, Olivier Wevers
One Take, Robin Mineko Williams
Written and Forgotten, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Nea Regrets, Brian Enos
And Etudes, Thom Dancy

Leading Roles:

Rubies, George Balanchine
King, Bolero, Mario Radacovsky
Eyes That Gently Touch, Kirk Peterson
Snow King, Drosselmeyer, Nutcracker
Desiree, Sleeping Beauty, Petipa
Waltz Boy, Serenade, George Balanchine
Bugle Boy, Company B, Paul Taylor
Flower Festival, August Bournonville
Amazed In Burning Dreams, Kirk Peterson
arms that work, Andrew Bartee
Cold Winters Waiting, Brian Enos
Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet, Mario Radacovsky
Nine Sinatra Songs, Twyla Tharp

Featured Roles:

Carabosse, Sleeping Beauty, Petipa
Fairy Doll, Josef Bayer
Chinese, Russian, Sword Doll, Lieutenant, The Nutcracker, Traditional
Quincey P. Morris, Dracula, Roger Van Fleteren & Wes Chapman
The Envelope, David Parsons
The Sofa, Olivier Wevers
The Student, Con Amore, Lew Christensen
Light Rain, Gerald Arpino
First Theme, The Four Temperaments, George Balanchine

Oregon Ballet Theatre:

Neopolitan/Czardas Principal, Swan Lake, Christopher Stowell after Petipa
Bugle Boy/Pennsylvania Polka, Company B, Paul Taylor
Concerto Grosso, Charles Czarney
Second Theme, The Four Temperaments, George Balanchine
Adin, Christopher Stowell
2nd Man/Hats, The Concert, Jerome Robbins
Concerto 622, Lar Lubovitch
Who Cares?, George Balanchine
Angelo, Julia Adam
Eyes on You, Christopher Stowell
Blue Rose, Helgi Tomasson
Ash, Peter Martins
Through Eden’s Gates, Kent Stowell
Il Nodo, Julia Adam
Bluebird, Sleeping Beauty, Christopher Stowell after Petipa
Katschei, Firebird, Yuri Possokhov
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, William Forsythe
Zaïs, Christopher Stowell
Hoofer, Slaughter on 10th Ave, George Balanchine
Principal Man, Rubies, George Balanchine
Raymonda, Yuri Possokhov
Lambarena, Val Caniparoli
Left Unsaid, Nicolo Fonte
Tarantella, George Balanchine
RUSH, Christopher Wheeldon
Drosselmeier, Candy Cane, Tea, The Nutcracker, George Balanchine
Ellington Suite, Dennis Spaight
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, William Forsythe
Puck, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Christopher Stowell


When I’m not at the ballet, I enjoy spending time outdoors, cooking for friends, traveling, and sampling the food and drink that Grand Rapids has to offer.