Charleston Ballet Theatre
Nashville Ballet 2
Originally from Conyers, GA, Kayla Rowser trained at the Magdalena Maury School of Classical Ballet in Fayetteville, GA with Georgia Youth Ballet under the direction of Magdalena Maury, Jonsie Pollock, and Magda Aunon.
After graduating high school, Rowser joined Charleston Ballet Theatre for a season before joining Nashville Ballet’s second company, NB2. In her two years as a trainee, she performed with the main company for several seasons before being promoted to an apprentice.
Since being promoted to company member in 2010, Rowser has performed as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella in Paul Vasterling’s Cinderella. Other notable roles in Paul Vasterling’s works include the Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in Nashville’s Nutcracker, Fortuna in Carmina Burana, and Layla in Layla and the Majnun. Rowser was also featured in Christopher Bruce’s Sergeant Early’s Dream, as the Russian Girl in Balanchine’s Serenade, and as the title role in Vasterling’s Firebird. In 2018, Rowser performed as the third movement principal in Balanchine’s Western Symphony, in Jiří Kylián’s Sechs Tanze, and as a principal in Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts. Other contemporary works include pieces by Gina Patterson, Christopher Stuart, and Salvatore Aiello, among others.
Rowser has been named one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” and has been featured in Pointe Magazine, The Washington Post, and Huffington Post. She has performed in the Kansas City Dance Festival, Spoleto Dance Festival, and Spring to Dance in St. Louis. When not rehearsing or performing, she enjoys teaching ballet to young students and accepted an invitation to teach master classes at Yale University. Rowser was awarded the Individual Artist Fellowship by the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2015 for her artistic achievements. Outside of the studio, Rowser enjoys cooking, yoga, and exploring Nashville when she is not studying in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Communications.
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