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Principals

Tiit Helimets

Tiit Helimets

Biography

  • Born

    Viljandi, Estonia

  • Training

    Tallinn Ballet School

  • San Francisco Ballet

    Joined the Company as a principal dancer in 2005

  • Other Companies

    Estonian National Ballet
    Birmingham Royal Ballet

Tomasson

7 for Eight (Pas de deux)

Caprice

Chi-Lin (Tortoise)

Don Quixote (Basilio)

The Fifth Season (Principal)

Giselle (Albrecht)

Handel—A Celebration (Pas de deux)

Nutcracker (Uncle Drosselmeyer, Nutcracker Prince, King of the Snow, and Grand Pas de Deux)

On a Theme of Paganini

On Common Ground

Prism

Romeo & Juliet (Lord Montague)

The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Desiré)

Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried and Von Rothbart)

Trio

 

Adam

A rose by any other name (King)

Night

 

Balanchine

Agon (Pas de deux)

Allegro Brillante

Apollo (Apollo)

Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet

Diamonds (Principal)

Divertimento No. 15

The Four Temperaments (Sanguinic)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theseus and Titania’s Cavalier)

Serenade (Waltz couple and Dark Angel)

Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Aria I and Aria II)

Scotch Symphony

Symphony in C (Pas de deux)

 

Bintley

The Dance House (Pas de deux)

 

Bubeníček

Gentle Memories

 

Caniparoli

Double Stop (originated)

Foreshadow (originated role of Count Vronsky)

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

Tears (originated)

 

Cranko

Onegin (Gremin)

 

Forsythe 

in the middle, somewhat elevated

 

King

The Collective Agreement (originated)

 

Lander

Etudes (excerpt) (Pas de deux)

 

Liang

The Infinite Ocean (originated) (Principal)

Symphonic Dances

 

Lifar

Suite en Blanc (Pas de deux and pas de trois)

 

MacMillan

Concerto (Pas de deux)

Winter Dreams

 

van Manen

Variations for Two Couples

 

McGregor

Borderlands

Chroma

Eden/Eden

 

Millepied

The Chairman Dances—Quartet for Two

 

Mrozewski 

Concordia

 

Neumeier

The Little Mermaid (Poet and Prince)

 

Nureyev

Raymonda—Act III (Jean de Brienne)

 

Possokhov

Firebird (Prince)

Magrittomania

Swimmer (originated the role of Humbert)

 

Ratmansky

Russian Seasons (Orange Man and White Man)

Seven Sonatas

Piano Concerto #1 in Shostakovich Trilogy

 

Robbins

Glass Pieces

In the Night

 

Welch

Falling

Naked

 

Wheeldon

Cinderella (Father)

Continuum

Ghosts (originated)

Quaternary (Summer)

Ashton

Enigma Variations (Richard P. Arnold)

La Fille mal gardée

Scènes de ballet

The Two Pigeons (Young Man)

Voices of Spring (Pas de deux)

The Walk to the Paradise Garden

 

Balanchine

Concerto Barocco 

Western Symphony

 

Bintley

Arthur (Lancelot)

Beauty and the Beast (Beast)

Carmina Burana (“Sick with Love”)

Concert Fantasy

Dante Sonata

Edward II (Grim Reaper)

Giselle (Albrecht)

Les Petit Riens

The Orpheus Suite (originated the role of Apollo)

The Seasons (originated)

The Shakespeare Suite (Romeo)

Sons of Horus (Imsety)

Sylvia (originated)

 

Cranko

Brouillards (Footsteps in the Snow and Sails)

 

Hindle

Four Seasons (originated)

 

Liang

Symphonic Dances (originated)

 

MacMillan

Elite Syncopations 

Romeo and Juliet (Romeo)

 

van Manen

Five Tangos

 

Murdmaa 

Daphnis and Chloë (Daphnis)

Romeo and Juliet (originated the role of Romeo)

 

Scarlett

Frankenstein (Alphonse Frankenstein)

 

Siddiqui

Krishna (originated)

 

Tharp

In the Upper Room

 

Welch

Powder 

 

Wheeldon

Cinderella (Prince Guillaume)

 

Wright

Coppélia (Franz)

The Sleeping Beauty (Prince and Blue Bird)

Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried)

 

OTHER

Don Quixote (Espada)

La Bayadère (Solor)

  • Received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Performance for Tomasson’s Giselle (Albrecht) during the 2015 Repertory Season.
  • Received the Award for Outstanding Performance for The Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet, Estonia, 2008.
  • Produced and performed in the dance film “Sequentia,” April 2020.
  • Performed Possokhov’s Firebird at Nevada Ballet Theatre, Las Vegas, 2019.
  • Guest taught at Kansas City Ballet School Summer Intensive, Kansas City, Kansas, 2015. 
  • Performed at the 50th Anniversary Gala at San Jose Dance Theatre, San Jose, California, 2015.
  • Danced Black Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake with Frances Chung at Allen Civic Ballet Fête des Beaux Arts, Allen, Texas, 2015. 
  • Organized a tour of Estonian National Ballet to San Francisco and the Estonian Festival, 2013. 
  • Created an installation featuring world premieres of a dance work and musical score at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, 2012.
  • Choreographed AEG for Estonian National Ballet, Tallinn, Estonia, 2011.
  • Directed, produced, and performed in a tour to Estonia featuring San Francisco Ballet dancers, 2011.
  • Performed Balanchine’s Symphony in C with The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto, 2008.
  • Performed at the International Ballet Star Gala, Taipei, 2008.
  • Performed Balanchine’s Apollo with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham, England, 1999.

Q&A

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

Dancing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet when I was 20 years old. That’s when I met my wife who was dancing my Juliet, and we have been living together for 19 years now.

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

An actor, painter, or opera singer.

I love San Francisco because...

All of my dreams came true in this city.