Meet Boston Ballet School Trainee Tyson Clark

Written by Boston Ballet Staff

Boston Ballet School Trainee Tyson Clark and Princess Charlene of Monaco

Boston Ballet School Trainee Tyson Clark and Princess Charlene of Monaco

Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

From Student to Star

Former Boston Ballet School Trainee Tyson Clark tells us about his training and what it was like to win the 2016 Princess Grace Award.

Photo courtesy of Tyson Clark

Photo courtesy of Tyson Clark

Photo courtesy of Tyson Clark

Photo courtesy of Tyson Clark

What sparked your passion for dance?
I performed on stage at a young age and it sparked my passion for dance. I think I’m a natural performer; I don’t get nervous at all. I feel really at ease on stage and enjoy performing for the audience. 

What was it like attending the Princess Grace Awards Gala in October?
WOW, it was a once in a lifetime moment I will never forget!! It almost felt like a dream. What a huge honor to receive this award. The moment we stepped into the Cipriani, I felt like I was a celebrity. We were surrounded by the media; cameras flashing everywhere, it made me feel like I was at the Oscars! Everything was so well organized and went according to schedule from the moment we arrived. It was an extravagant night filled with all the glitz and royal attractions. Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene and Prince Albert were so nice and welcoming to the winners.

Was it exciting to be surrounded by successful artists and other aspiring dancers?
It was very exciting to be surrounded by so many influential artists and aspiring dancers who share the same passion I have for dance. It’s an honor to get to be grouped with all these artists that I look up to! I thought I was going to feel out of place being the youngest winner, but that wasn’t the case. Everyone was so down to earth and friendly.

How will the Princess Grace Award help you reach your goal of becoming a principal dancer? 
Winning this prestigious award just proves that hard work pays off. I will continue working hard and striving to be the best dancer I can be, in hopes of becoming a principal dancer at Boston Ballet one day!

You've gotten the opportunity to dance in many Boston Ballet productions, including The Nutcracker, Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, a ballet by John Neumeier and Swan Lake. What has been your favorite performance experience so far and why?
If I had to choose, I would say The Nutcracker is my all-time favorite! I love the whole production from the music to the exquisite costumes and choreography. My goal is to perform as one of the Russian dancers—that’s my favorite section! I love their athleticism, showmanship, and charm!

Boston Ballet School trainee Tyson Clark and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

How has Boston Ballet School helped you grow as a dancer, and what else do you hope to achieve here?
I’ve attended other schools for variety dance training and they are great schools, but Boston Ballet School has provided me with the superior training I need for a professional career in ballet. I aspire to become a principal dancer and Boston Ballet School will help me achieve that goal.

What is unique about your Boston Ballet School training? 
Apart from the superior training and remarkable teachers, I love the camaraderie my fellow dancers and I have for each other. We are supportive and have each other’s backs. That’s so important in and out of class, and unique to Boston Ballet School. 

Photos by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Princess Grace Foundation, courtesy of Princess Grace Foundation-USA

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