Clara Blanco (© Chris Hardy)
Joined in 2001. Returned in 2007.
Promoted to Soloist in 2012.
Born in Valladolid, Spain, Clara Blanco trained at Estudio de Beatriz Martin, Estudio de Danza de Maria Avila, and San Francisco Ballet School. She joined the Company in 2001, performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet for one year in 2006, and returned to SF Ballet in 2007.
Blanco has danced principal roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina); Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements; Cranko’s Onegin (Olga); Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony and Fusion; and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Stepsister Clementine), Number Nine, and Rush. She has danced featured roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Zulma) and Swan Lake (pas de trois); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Cupid); Balanchine’s Coppélia, “Emeralds,” The Four Temperaments, Scotch Symphony, Symphony in C, and Symphony in Three Movements; Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House (Mrs. Alving); Fokine’s Petrouchka (Ballerina); Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; Makarova’s Paquita; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III; Possokhov’s The Rite of Spring; Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux; Welch’s Naked; and Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance).
Her repertory also includes Balanchine’s Ballo Della Regina, “Rubies,” Serenade, Square Dance, Stars and Stripes, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Theme and Variations, and Who Cares?; Bournonville’s The Flower Festival at Genzano pas de deux; Kudelka’s Dreams of Harmony; MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations; Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid; Robbins’ Glass Pieces, Opus 19/The Dreamer, and West Side Story Suite; Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs, Firebird, and Reflections; Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux; Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, 7 for Eight, Chi-Lin, “Haffner” Symphony, On a Theme of Paganini, Prism, and Trio; Welch’s Tu Tu; and Wheeldon’s Ghosts, There Where She Loved, and Within the Golden Hour.
As a guest artist, Blanco danced Wheeldon’s After the Rain pas de deux at Gala de Danza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in 2013; Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker at Emerald Ballet Theatre in Bellevue, Washington, and at BRAVA ARTS in Riverside, California, in 2012; After the Rain pas de deux at Dancing Through Generations Gala at Brandon Ballet, Tampa, Florida, in 2012; Grand Pas Classique and After the Rain at “Ballet Stars From San Francisco,” Lively Arts Foundation Gala, Fresno, California, in 2012; pas de deux from Nutcracker and After the Rain at the Pas de Deux Gala in Valladolid, Spain, in 2012; and pas de deux from Paquita and Wheeldon’s Continuum at the 6th International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto, Canada, in 2002. Blanco was named ambassador of Vallalodid’s Teatro Calderón in June 2012.