CORPS DE BALLET
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
Joined OKC Ballet in 2020
Susan E. Brackett and Gregg Wadley
Paige Russell began training at the Maryland Youth Ballet, in her hometown of Silver Spring, Maryland. 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 Oklahoma City Ballet’s summer intensive, and was offered a position with the Studio Company. During that time, she performed 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, then to Corps de Ballet in 2021. Since then, Russell has added Jessica Lang’s To Familiar Spaces in Dream, Nicolo Fonte’s Of Dreams and Dice, Ryan Jolicoeur- Nye’s The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Cinderella, as well as Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias, Twyla Tharp’s The Golden Section, Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations, and George Balanchine’s Western Symphony to her performance repertoire.