CORPS DE BALLET
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Joined OKC Ballet in 2017
Michelle and Gary Brooks
Kara Troester Blythe, originally from Edmond, Oklahoma, trained under Lisa Webb at the Academy of Ballet and Theatre Arts for thirteen years. At age 17, she joined Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company for two seasons. She then joined Oklahoma City Ballet as a Studio Company member in 2017, named apprentice in 2018, and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2019.
Her repertoire includes works by George Balanchine, Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye, Robert Mills, August Bournonville, Michael Pink, Devon Carney, Anthony Krutzkamp, Septime Webre, Jessica Lang, André Prokovsky, Bruce Wells, Sarah Tallman, and others. Some of her favorite roles include a Vampire Bride in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Phlegmatic in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, and Arabian Coffee in Robert Mills’ The Nutcracker. She has also performed feature roles that include Odette in the second act pas de duex from Robert Mills’ Swan Lake, Woodland Glade Fairy and Diamond Jewel from Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye’s The Sleeping Beauty, and a featured couple in Sarah Tallman’s Love in a Jukebox. She is incredibly grateful to dance and perform in her hometown.