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JOSEPH WALSH

JOHN AND BARBARA OSTERWEIS PRINCIPAL DANCER
SAN FRANCISCO BALLET
BORN
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
TRAINING
Houston Ballet II
Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy
American Ballet Theatre (summer program)
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (summer program)
Chautauqua School of Dance (summer program)
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center (summer program)
Stiefel and Students (summer program)
COMPANY MEMBERSHIP
Joined as soloist in 2014
Promoted to principal dancer in 2014
Appointed John and Barbara Osterweis Principal Dancer in 2017

Joseph Walsh has danced principal roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (King of the Snow and Grand Pas de Deux Prince), Romeo & Juliet (Benvolio), and Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Gypsy King); Balanchine’s Coppélia (Franz), Allegro Brillante, Diamonds, The Four Temperaments (Sanguinic), Prodigal Son (Son), Rubies, Serenade, and Symphony in C; Caniparoli’s Lambarena; 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 Fearful Symmetries, Frankenstein (Victor Frankenstein), and Hummingbird; Taylor’s “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)” from Company B; Thatcher’s Ghost in the Machine; and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Prince Guillaume), Continuum, Rush, and Within the Golden Hour. He created roles in Bubeníček’s Fragile Vessels (2nd movement principal), Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016, Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings (The Protagonist), and Wheeldon’s Borealis.

Joseph danced Benvolio in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet (Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance). His guestings include the International Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Art Festival Gala in Ufa, Russia, and the world premiere of Possokhov’s Toi Moi, plus other ballets, at the Benois de la Danse Awards Gala in Moscow, Russia, in 2017; Festival del Sole in Napa County, California; and the International Ballet Gala: World Ballet Superstars in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.