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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

  • COMPANY MEMBERSHIP

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

John-Paul Simoens has danced principal or featured roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (Jack-in-the-Box, King of the Mice, Spanish, Arabian, and Russian), Romeo & Juliet (Friar John), The Sleeping Beauty (Suitors), and Swan Lake (Aristocrats, Spanish, and Czardas); Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House (Torvald Helmer in “A Doll’s House”); Millepied’s The Chairman Dances—Quartet for Two (principal in 2nd section); Robbins’ The Cage (2nd Intruder) and Fancy Free (Sailor); and Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries (principal). He created corps de ballet roles in Marston’s Snowblind and Pita’s Björk Ballet.

His repertory includes Balanchine’s Coppélia (Villagers, Dolls, Grooms, and War and Discord corps), Rubies, and Theme and Variations; Peck’s Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes; Possokhov’s Magrittomania and Swimmer; Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer; Scarlett’s Frankenstein; Tomasson’s Caprice, Giselle, On a Theme of Paganini, and Prism; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Seguidilla and Fandango); and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Spanish Cavalier) and Rush.

He performed in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet (Friar John) in the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance.

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.