From Conyers, Ga.
With Nashville Ballet since 2007
Training and Education
Magdalena Maury School of Classical Ballet, Georgia Youth Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Washington Ballet, NB2
Previously Nashville Ballet Apprentice, Charleston Ballet Theatre
2015 Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship
Originally from Conyers, Ga., Kayla Rowser trained at the Magdalena Maury School of Classical Ballet in Fayetteville, Ga., with Georgia Youth Ballet under the direction of Magdalena Maury, Jonsie Pollock and Magda Aunon. She spent her summers studying with American Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet and the Washington Ballet, among others.
After graduating high school, Rowser joined Charleston Ballet Theatre for a season before joining Nashville Ballet's second company, NB2, in 2007. In her two years as a trainee, she performed with the main company in several series.
Rowser joined the main company as an apprentice in 2009, where she performed as Zulme in Giselle, Balanchine's Who Cares? and Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling's Awaiting Redemption.
Since being promoted to company member in 2010, Rowser has performed as Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in Nashville’s Nutcracker, Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Cupid in Vasterling’s Carmina Burana and in Salvatore Aiello’s Afternoon of a Faun. She was featured as the title role in Nashville Ballet’s 2012 performance of Firebird, as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty and as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Rowser has also been seen as Tinkerbell in Vasterling’s Peter Pan. In 2014, she performed in Vasterling’s The Ben Folds Project, Eurydice in Vasterling’s Time/Return/Memory, Russian Girl in Balanchine’s Serenade and Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort. Most recently, Rowser has been featured as Mina in Vasterling's Dracula, Fortuna in Carmina Burana and had the role of Layla in Vasterling's world premiere of Layla and the Majnun created on her.
Rowser was featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” in 2013, in addition to being featured in Pointe Magazine and Huffington Post. She performed excerpts of Christopher Stuart’s Under the Lights at the Kansas City Dance Festival during the summer of 2014. She enjoys teaching ballet to young students and accepted an invitation to teach master classes at Yale University. Rowser is currently working toward a degree in communications and was awarded the Individual Artist Fellowship by the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2015 for her artistic achievements.