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Principals

Esteban Hernandez

Esteban Hernandez

Biography

  • Born

    Guadalajara, Mexico

  • Training

    The Rock School for Dance Education
    The Royal Ballet School
    American Ballet Theatre (summer program)
    Vaganova Academy (summer program)

  • Company Membership

    Joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2013
    Promoted to soloist in 2017

Esteban Hernandez has danced principal or featured roles in Tomasson’s Concerto Grosso, Giselle (Peasant pas de cinq), Nutcracker (Spanish, Chinese, Russian), On a Theme of Paganini (principal), The Sleeping Beauty (Pas de Six/Cavaliers, Bluebird), and Swan Lake (Act 1 pas de trios, Neapolitan); Balanchine’s Prodigal Son (Son); Kobborg’s Les Lutins; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; Peck’s Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes (3 soloist men); Possokhov’s Fusion (principal), and Magrittomania; Robbins’ Fancy Free (Sailor); and Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries (principal) and Frankenstein (Henry Clerval). He created roles in McIntyre’s Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem, Possokhov’s Optimistic Tragedy, Rhoden’s LET’S BEGIN AT THE END (principal trio), Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries, Thatcher’s Ghost in the Machine, Tomasson’s Caprice, and Welch’s Bespoke.

His repertory includes Balanchine’s Rubies and Theme and Variations; Caniparoli’s Lambarena; Cranko’s Onegin; van Manen’s Solo; Possokhov’s Firebird, Fusion, and The Rite of Spring; Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands and Shostakovich Trilogy; Robbins’ Glass Pieces; Scarlett’s Hummingbird; Tomasson’s Bartók Divertimento, The Fifth Season, and Trio; and Wheeldon’s Cinderella and Continuum.

Esteban performed at Gala Despertares in Guadalahara, Mexico, in 2016 and in Mexico City in 2018; at Fall for Dance at New York City Center in October 2017; and at the Expresiones gala in Guadalahara, Mexico, in November 2017.

In May 2016, Esteban was honored with the Latino Spirit Award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus and was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Mexico. He received a Jerome Robbins Foundation Award and gold medals at the Youth America Grand Prix.

Q&A

What has been your proudest moment as a dancer? Why?

My brother Isaac and I organized a gala back in my hometown of Guadalajara—sharing the stage with my brother and my friends there was the most amazing feeling.

If I weren't a dancer I'd be...

A concert pianist. Playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is a dream of mine.

I love San Francisco because…

There is a great variety and mix of different cultures, and there’s something for everybody.