Please welcome Houston Ballet Soloist Nicholas Leschke who will perform with Ballet West in the role of Pinkerton, partnering Ballet West Principal Artist Romi Beppu beginning this Friday night. Make sure you get your tickets ASAP – Madame Butterfly is selling fast!
Born and raised in Newton, Wisconsin, Nicholas Leschke began his dance training in the nearby city of Manitowoc with Jean Wolfmeyer. After four years of training at the Virginia School of the Arts, Mr. Leschke performed with Ballet Austin for one year. In July 1996, Mr. Leschke joined Houston Ballet as an apprentice and quickly moved through the ranks to become a soloist in 2000. Mr. Leschke’s repertoire includes a variety of roles. In classical ballets, he has been featured in Manon, Madame Butterfly, Peter Pan, Dracula, Don Quixote, Giselle, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Cleopatra, Les Patineurs, The Snow Maiden, The Firebird, and The Nutcracker. His contemporary repertoire includes The Four Temperaments, Serenade, Etudes, Four Last Songs, Gloria, Sinfonietta, Without Words, Ghost Dances, Sergeant Early’s Dream, Second Before the Ground, Touched, Bound, Indigo, Bruiser, Company B, In the Beginning, Steppenwolf, In a Whisper, and Flames of Eros.
Also, here are two photos from tonight’s stage rehearsal.
Peggy Dolkas and Romi Beppu
Romi Beppu and Hayden