- Omaha, Nebraska
- 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), and Swan Lake (Aristocrats, Spanish, and Czardas); and Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries (principal).
His repertory includes Balanchine’s Coppélia (Villagers, Dolls, Grooms, and War and Discord corps), Rubies, and Theme and Variations; Possokhov’s Magrittomania and Swimmer; Scarlett’s Frankenstein; Tomasson’s Caprice, Giselle, 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) as part of the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance.
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.