Betsy McBride is originally from Coppell, Texas. She began her training at the Ballet Academy of Texas. At age 14, she continued her training at Texas Ballet Theater’s School. She performed Clara in The Nutcracker with Texas Ballet Theater and joined the company under O.B.E. Ben Stevenson at age 15. McBride was an American Ballet Theatre National
Training Scholar and performed in George Balanchine’s
Mozartiana during ABT’s tour of Texas at age 11. She was awarded the Grand Prix at the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix Regional Competition and was a finalist at the 2012 Helsinki International Ballet Competition.
McBride danced for Texas Ballet Theater rising quickly through the ranks to Principal dancer from 2007 to 2015. Some of her principal roles include Ben Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and The Nutcracker, Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow, Svetlana in Stevenson’s Dracula, Green Lady and Solveig in Stevenson’s Peer Gynt, Waltz Girl and Dark Angel in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Solo Girl in Balanchine’s Rubies, Pas de Trois in Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries, and Stevenson's Sylvia Pas, as well as roles in Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, Jonathan Watkin's Crash, Stevenson's Five Poems and Kenneth MacMillan’s Gloria.
McBride joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in June 2015 and was promoted to soloist in 2022. Her repertoire with ABT includes a leading role in Frederick Ashton's Symphonic Variations, Snow and The Rose in Alexei Ratmansky's Seasons, Rosaura in Christopher Wheeldon's Like Water for Chocolate, Columbine and a Sister in The Nutcracker, the Fairy Fleur de farine (Wheat Flower), Silver Fairy and Red Riding Hood in The Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois, Little Swans, Lead Czardas, and Hungarian Princess in Swan Lake, Peasant Pas in Giselle, Flower girl and Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote, Rosaline and Harlots in Romeo and Juliet, Helena in Ashton's The Dream, featured roles in Marcelo Gomes' AfterEffect, Alexei Ratmansky's Berstein in a Bubble, Twyla Tharp's Brahms Haydn Variations and Deuce Coupe, Darrell Moultrie's Indestructible Light, Michelle Dorrance's Dream within a Dream (deferred), and Gemma Bond's A Time There Was, roles in Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto, Symphony number 9, Firebird, On the Dnieper, and Aurora's Wedding, The quartet in Benjamin Millepied’s Daphnis and Chloe, George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie and Theme and Variations, Kurt Jooss' The Green Table, Benjamin Millepied’s I Feel The Earth Move, as well as roles in La Fille Mal Gardee, Onegin, Sylvia, Whipped Cream, Le Corsaire, Golden Cockerel, Cinderella, Harlequinade, and La Bayadère.
"In a polished cast of Sir Frederick Ashton's Symphonic Variations at an American Ballet Theatre performance last October, corps member Betsy McBride shone with a warmth that belied the piece's crystalline, cold precision."
"Frederick Ashton’s 1946 'Symphonic Variations,'... Skylar Brandt, Misty Copeland, Cassandra Trenary, Betsy McBride, Cameron McCune and Joseph Gorak in side positions, distinguished themselves and Ashton’s dancemaking."
- Robert Greskovic
The Wall Street Journal
"Full of coiled-up energy, the ballet displayed a reckless Betsy McBride in daring penché arabesques and sassy back-and-forth rocking movement on pointe."
"Betsy McBride gave a stellar performance as the 'woman in green'."
- Danna Wolfson
Photo Credit: Dai Jiyan