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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

  • San Francisco Ballet

    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

Tomasson

Criss-Cross (Aves–Schoenberg movement)

Don Quixote (Mercedes, Queen of the Driads, Driads, Seguidilla, and Fandango)

Giselle (Myrtha)

Nutcracker (Mrs. Stahlbaum, Party Guests, Queen of the Snow, Snowflakes, French, Arabian, Sugar Plum Fairy, Flowers, and Grand Pas de Deux)

On a Theme of Paganini

On Common Ground (originated)

Prism

Romeo & Juliet (Lady Capulet)

The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Fairy of Darkness/Carabosse, Fairy of Courage, Garland Dance, and Nymphs)

Swan Lake (Swan Maidens, Swans, Peasants, Mazurka, and Spanish Princess)

 

Adam

Night

 

Balanchine

Agon (1st pas de trois)

Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet

Coppélia (Waltz of the Hours soloist, Mazurka, and Czardas)

Diamonds

Divertimento No. 15

Emeralds

The Four Temperaments (2nd Theme and Choleric)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hippolyta)

Prodigal Son (Siren)

Rubies 

Serenade (Angel)

Stars and Stripes (Finale)

Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Aria I)

Symphony in C

Symphony in Three Movements (3rd pas de deux)

Theme and Variations

 

Bintley

The Dance House

 

Bubeníček

Fragile Vessels

 

Caniparoli

Foreshadow (originated role of Anna Karenina)

Ibsen’s House (Mrs. Alving in “Ghosts”)

 

Cranko

Onegin

 

Elo

Double Evil

 

Fokine

Petrouchka (Nursemaid)

 

Forsythe

Artifact Suite

in the middle, somewhat elevated

Pas/Parts 2016 (originated)

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

 

Kudelka

The Ruins Proclaim The Building Was Beautiful

 

Liang

Symphonic Dances

 

Lifar

Suite en Blanc (Flute and Sieste)

 

Marston

Snowblind (Zeena Frome)

 

McGregor

Borderlands

 

McIntyre

The Big Hunger (originated a principal role)

Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem (originated)

 

Millepied

Appassionata

The Chairman Dances—Quartet for Two

 

Morris

Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes

A Garden

Joyride (originated)

Maelstrom

Sandpaper Ballet

Sylvia

 

Neumeier

The Little Mermaid (Mermaid Sisters and Nuns)

 

Nureyev

Raymonda—Act III

 

Page

Guide to Strange Places

 

Peck

In the Countenance of Kings (originated the role of Botanica)

 

Possokhov

Firebird (Firebird)

Magrittomania

Reflections

The Rite of Spring (originated)

Swimmer (Nighthawks pas de deux)

“… two united in a single soul…”

 

Ratmansky

Le Carnaval des Animaux (Swan and Jellyfish)

From Foreign Lands (German principal and Polish)

Russian Seasons (Purple Woman)

Symphony #9 and Chamber Symphony in Shostakovich Trilogy

 

Rhoden

LET’S BEGIN AT THE END (originated)

 

Robbins

The Cage (Queen) 

Glass Pieces

In the Night (2nd pas de deux)

Opus 19/The Dreamer

West Side Story Suite

 

Scarlett

Fearful Symmetries 

Frankenstein (Caroline Beaufort and Madame Moritz)

 

Thatcher

Ghost in the Machine

Manifesto (originated)

 

Welch

Bespoke (originated)

Naked

 

Wheeldon

Bound To (originated)

Carousel (A Dance)

Cinderella (Stepmother Hortensia, Spirit of Winter/Fluidity, Russian Princess, and Courtiers)

Continuum

Within the Golden Hour

 

Zanella

Underskin 

 
  • Finalist at the Prix de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2004.
  • Finalist at Youth America Grand Prix, New York City, 2004.
  • Scholarship Winner at Los Angeles Music Center's Spotlight Awards, 2003.
  • National Training Scholar, American Ballet Theatre, 2003–2004.
  • Danced choreography by Danielle Rowe in collaboration with the Alonzo King Lines Ballet, San Francisco, 2018.
  • Danced Swan Lake Suite, Black Swan pas de deux, at Orange County Ballet Theater’s Momentum Gala, Laguna Hills, California, 2018.
  • Danced Waltz Girl in Balanchine’s Serenade at Orange County Ballet Theater’s Momentum Gala, Laguna Hills, California, 2017.
  • Danced Kitri’s Act 3 variation from Don Quixote on So You Think You Can Dance, Greece, 2017.
  • Danced the Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker at Westside Ballet, Santa Monica, California, 2013.
  • Performed Distraction Pas de Deux with Myles Thatcher on Alaska Crystal Cruise, Spotlight Awards Alumni Performance, 2012. 
  • Performed White Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake (Petipa) on Alaska Crystal Cruise, Spotlight Awards Alumni Performance, 2011.
  • Performed the Pas de Deux from Possokhov’s Diving Into the Lilacs with Anthony Vincent at the Ballett des Badischen Staatstheaters Gala, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2010.

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.