Veyette Francis

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Classical Ballet / Soloist

A California native, Francis Veyette began his dance training at age 10 at Dance Arts in Visalia, California. He also studied at Westside Ballet in Santa Monica and took summer sessions at The School of American Ballet in New York City and The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia.

Mr. Veyette began as an Apprentice with the Pennsylvania Ballet in 1997 and was promoted to the Corps de Ballet in September 1999. His featured roles included Candy Cane and Tea in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Titania's Cavalier in A Midsummer Night's Dream. In August of 2003, Mr. Veyette joined Kansas City Ballet under the artistic direction of William Whitener, where he danced for two seasons. His featured roles include the principal couple in Balanchine's Square Dance and Theme and Variations, Cavalier and Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, the Husband in Jerome Robbins' The Concert, the principal couple in Paquita, and the Peasant pas de deux in Giselle. He has created featured roles in several Matthew Neenan ballets including 11:11, As It's Going, Penumbra, and Pampeana No.2. He appeared as a guest artist for Pennsylvania Ballet on three occasions during the 2004-2005 Season, before returning to the Company for the 2005-2006 Season as a member of the Corps de Ballet. Mr. Veyette was promoted to Soloist for the 2007-2008 Season.

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