Brett Bauer

Principal Dancer

Brett Bauer began life in Berkeley, California, but grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. He began dancing at the age of five preferring tap, jazz and hip hop at first, however that changed at the age of eight when he began ballet. When he was eleven decided that he wanted to be a professional ballet dancer and to that end began private training which enabled him to enter the National Ballet School in Toronto. He spent three years there, followed by a year with the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C. Brett then toured with Suzanne Farrell in the Fall of 2001, and finally spent a post high school year training with the San Francisco Ballet School and working with the company.

Mr. Bauer joined the corps de ballet of San Francisco for the 2002 Season. During his tenure there he performed numerous ensemble and principal roles in ballets by: Sir Fredrick Ashton, Stanton Welch, Christopher Wheeldon, Helgi Tomasson, Mikhail Fokine, Roland Petite, John Neumeier, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Peter Martins, Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine. In addition, he enjoyed performing with the company in Athens, Paris, London, Shanghai and Beijing as well as appearing in the PBS special of "The Nutcracker" in the Arabian trio.

In 2010 Mr. Bauer moved his talents to Portland for the opportunity to work with Christopher Stowell at Oregon Ballet Theater. He joined as a Soloist, but was promoted to Principal at the end of his first season. Since that time he has enjoyed starring in lead roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Square Dance, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Giselle. He has enjoyed traveling with the troupe to Korea as well as performing throughout Oregon and Washington. In June 2013 he danced at the Kennedy Center with OBT for the “Ballet Across America” festival in a piece choreographed by James Kudelka.

Mr. Bauer continues to build his teaching abilities as well as dabble in choreography. His natural curiosity, humor, integrity and vision keep him engaged and engaging to be around.