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Joseph Walsh is a Principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet. He was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and began his early training began at Walnut Hill School for the Arts where he studied under the direction of Michael Owen and Sam Kurkjian. He spent summers honing his technique at various summer programs including: American Ballet Theatre (ABT),(where he was named National Training Scholar in 2004 and 2005,) Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Chautauqua School of Dance, Stiefel and Students and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy.

He has created roles in Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016, Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings (The Protagonist), and Wheeldon’s Borealis. He has performed principal and featured roles in Balanchine’s The Prodigal Son, Diamonds, Rubies, Emeralds, Coppélia (Franz), Allegro Brillante, The Four Temperaments (Sanguinic), Rubies, Serenade, and Symphony in C; Cranko’s Onegin (Lensky); Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II (Solor); van Manen’s Solo and Variations for Two Couples; Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes; Possokhov’s Magrittomania and Swimmer (The Swimmer); Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas and Shostakovich Trilogy; Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering (Brown) and In the Night; Scarlett’s Frankenstein, Fearful Symmetries and Hummingbird; and Wheeldon’s Prince in Cinderella, Continuum, Rush, and Within the Golden Hour. Tomasson’s Nutcracker (Nutcracker Prince and King of the Snow)and Romeo & Juliet (Benvolio); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Gypsy King); Caniparoli’s Lambarena;

Elsewhere, Joseph danced principal roles in Cranko’s Onegin and Taming of the Shrew; Hynd’s The Merry Widow; MacMillan’s Manon; McIntyre’s Peter Pan; Stevenson’s Coppélia, The Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty; Welch’s La Bayadère, Cinderella, Madame Butterfly, and Marie. His repertory includes other works by Balanchine, Forsythe, MacMillan, Morris, Welch, and Wheeldon and ballets by Ashton, Barton, Bournonville, Bruce, Fonte, Kudelka, Kylián, Tharp, Tudor, Walsh.

Joseph Walsh appears through the courtesy of San Francisco Ballet, Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director.