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Corps de Ballet

John-Paul Simoens

John-Paul Simoens

Biography

  • BORN

    Omaha, Nebraska

  • TRAINING

    Lauridsen Ballet Centre
    American Ballet Theater (Young Dancers & summer programs)
    USA International Ballet Competition (summer program)
    Houston Ballet (summer program)
    The Royal Ballet (summer program)
    San Francisco Ballet School
    San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program

  • SAN FRANCISCO BALLET

    Named an apprentice in 2014
    Joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2015

Helgi Tomasson

Caprice

Don Quixote (Seguidilla and Fandango)

Giselle (Peasants)

Nutcracker (Party Guests, Jack-in-the Box, King of the Mice, Spanish, Arabian, and Russian

On a Theme of Paganini

Prism

Romeo & Juliet (Friar John and Citizens of Verona)

The Sleeping Beauty (Cavaliers, Suitors, Gentlemen of the Court, and Polonaise)

Swan Lake (Aristocrats, Peasants, Spanish, and Czardas)

 

George Balanchine

Coppélia (Villagers, Dolls, Grooms, and War and Discord corps)

Rubies 

Theme and Variations

 

Val Caniparoli 

Ibsen’s House (Torvald Helmer in “A Doll’s House”)

 

Cathy Marston

Snowblind (originated)

 

Benjamin Millepied

The Chairman Dances—Quartet for Two (principal in 2nd section)

 

Justin Peck

Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes

 

Arthur Pita

Björk Ballet (originated)

 

Yuri Possokhov

Magrittomania

Swimmer

 

Jerome Robbins

The Cage (2nd Intruder)

Fancy Free (Sailor)

Opus 19/The Dreamer

 

Liam Scarlett

Fearful Symmetries (principal)

Frankenstein

 

Christopher Wheeldon

Cinderella (Spanish Cavalier)

Rush

  • Performed in the 2015 film of Helgi Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet (Friar John) in the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance.
  • Semifinalist at the Prix de Lausanne, Lausanne, France, 2012.
  • Semifinalist at Youth America Grand Prix, New York City, 2012.
  • Semifinalist at the Spotlight Competition, 2012.

Q&A

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT AS A DANCER? WHY?

Dancing the final pas de deux with Vanessa Zahorian in Liam Scarlett's Fearful Symmetries. As a first year corps member, it was a privilege to get to work with a principal dancer—Vanessa was lovely.

WHEN I'M NOT WORKING I ENJOY...

Working on my own projects outside the dance world. I've been doing a lot of painting and playing guitar.

IF I WEREN'T A DANCER I'D BE...

A photographer for National Geographic.