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Principals

Jennifer Stahl

Jennifer Stahl

Biography

  • Born

    Dana Point, California

  • Training

    Maria Lazar’s Classical Ballet Academy
    San Francisco Ballet School

  • Company Membership

    Named an apprentice in 2005
    Joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2006
    Promoted to soloist in 2013
    Promoted to principal dancer in 2017

Jennifer Stahl created roles in Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016, McIntyre’s Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem, Morris’ Joyride, Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings, Possokhov’s The Rite of Spring, Rhoden’s LET’S BEGIN AT THE END, Thatcher’s Manifesto, Welch’s Bespoke, and Wheeldon’s Bound To. She has performed principal or featured roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Myrtha), Nutcracker (Queen of the Snow, Sugar Plum Fairy, Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina), Romeo & Juliet (Lady Capulet), The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Fairy of Darkness), and Swan Lake (Swan Maidens, Spanish Princess); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Mercedes); Balanchine’s Agon, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Coppélia, The Four Temperaments, Prodigal Son, Rubies, Serenade, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Symphony in Three Movements; Bubeníček’s Fragile Vessels; Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House; Millepied’s The Chairman Dances—Quartet for Two; Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III; Possokhov’s Firebird, Magrittomania, and Swimmer; Ratmansky’s From Foreign LandsRussian Seasons, and Shostakovich Trilogy; Robbins’ The Cage, Glass Pieces, and In the Night; Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries and Frankenstein; and Wheeldon’s Cinderella.

Also in her repertory are Bintley’s The Dance House; Cranko’s Onegin; Elo’s Double Evil; Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; McGregor’s Borderlands; Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes; Robbins’ West Side Story Suite; Thatcher’s Ghost in the Machine; and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour.

Jennifer performed at Orange County Ballet Theater’s Momentum Gala in Laguna Hills, California, in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, she performed on So You Think You Can Dance in Greece.

Q&A

I love San Francisco because…

Creativity, diversity, and natural beauty are abundant and valued.

What's the hardest part about being a dancer that no one knows?

There’s so much energy in and around our performances, that it can be hard to wind down afterward and get enough rest for the next full day of dancing.

What can always make you laugh?

My husband.