- San Francisco, California
- School of American Ballet
San Francisco Ballet School
- Company Membership
Named an apprentice in 2007
Joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2008
Sean Orza created roles in Thatcher’s Manifesto (principal) and Otherness (principal), Caniparoli’s Tears (soloist), King’s The Collective Agreement, Pita’s Salome (Hostages), Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings, and Possokhov’s RAkU (Warriors), Optimistic Tragedy (Eight Sailors), and Swimmer. He has performed principal or featured roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Hilarion), Nutcracker (King of the Mice, Spanish, Arabian, Russian), The Sleeping Beauty (Suitors, Puss in Boots), and Swan Lake (Aristocrats, Spanish, Czardas); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Toreadors); Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Fates); Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments (3rd Theme) and Serenade; Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House; Jenkins’ Thread; MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III (pas de quatre); Possokhov’s Francesca da Rimini (Guardians of the Inferno) and Swimmer (Nighthawks pas de deux); Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons; Robbins’ The Cage (2nd Intruder) and Dances at a Gathering (Blue); and Taylor’s Changes.
His repertory includes Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Coppélia, Diamonds, Prodigal Son, Scotch Symphony, Stars and Stripes, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Theme and Variations; Caniparoli’s Lambarena; Cranko’s Onegin; Fokine’s Petrouchka; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; McGregor’s Borderlands; Peck’s Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes; Possokhov’s Magrittomania and The Rite of Spring; Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval dex Animaux and Shostakovich Trilogy; Scarlett’s Frankenstein; Thatcher’s Stone and Steel; Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, Caprice, On a Theme of Paganini, Prism, Le Quattro Stagioni, and Trio; and Wheeldon’s Continuum and Rush.
Sean danced in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet (Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance), and performed Wheeldon’s Scénes de Ballet with New York City Ballet in 2006.
What ballet or role would you like to dance but haven't yet? Why?
The pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain. While I was training in New York at School of American Ballet, After the Rain was choreographed on my teacher Jock Soto. I’ve looked up to Jock my whole life because he is such an amazing partner and I’ve always aspired to get to that level of partnering. Plus, the music is breath-taking and the choreography complements the music very well.
What's the hardest part about being a dancer that no one knows?
All the extra work outside ballet. As a guy, you need to be able to lift the ladies, so I do a lot of weight training.
What can always make you laugh?
My wife and my dogs.