CORPS DE BALLET
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
Joined OKC Ballet in 2020
Paige Russell, originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, began training at the Maryland Youth Ballet. Over the course of her years there, she performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, and La Bayadere. In the summer of 2015, she was accepted into the Houston Ballet Academy, where she furthered her training for two more years. While in Houston, Russell performed Stanton Welch’s Brigade, The Long and Winding Road, Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, and The Nutcracker.
In 2017, Russell joined Ballet Austin II, where she performed in Stephen Mills’ Romeo & Juliet and The Nutcracker, as well as George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, Paul Vasterling’s Peter Pan, and Thang Dao’s Quiet Imprint.
In 2018, Russell attended the Oklahoma City Ballet Summer Intensive, and was offered a position with the Studio Company. During her two seasons in the Studio Company, she had the opportunities to perform Robert Mills’ The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, and The Firebird, as well as George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Michael Pink’s Dracula, Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), and August Bournonville’s La Sylphide. She was promoted to apprentice in 2020, and then to corps de ballet in 2021. Since then, Russell has added Robert Mills’ The Little Mermaid to her repertoire, as well as DaYoung Jung’s Dissipation, Jessica Lang’s To Familiar Spaces in Dream, Nicolo Fonte’s Of Dreams and Dice, and most recently Ryan Jolicoeur- Nye’s The Sleeping Beauty.