- Viljandi, Estonia
- Tallinn Ballet School
- Company Membership
Joined the Company as a principal dancer in 2005
Before joining San Francisco Ballet, Tiit Helimets was a principal dancer at Royal Birmingham Ballet. At SF Ballet, he has danced major roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Albrecht), Nutcracker (Grand Pas de Deux Prince), The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Desiré), and Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried and Von Rothbart); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Basilio); Cranko’s Onegin (Gremin); Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid (Prince); Scarlett’s Frankenstein (Alphonse Frankenstein); and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Prince Gillaume). He created roles in Caniparoli’s Doublestop, Ibsen’s House, and Tears; Possokhov’s Swimmer (Humbert); and Wheeldon’s Ghosts.
His repertory includes Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Allegro Brillante, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Diamonds, Divertimento No. 15, The Four Temperaments, Scotch Symphony, Serenade, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Symphony in C; Bintley’s The Dance House; Bubeníček’s Gentle Memories; Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; van Manen’s Variations for Two Couples; McGregor’s Borderlands, Chroma, and Eden/Eden; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III; Possokhov’s Firebird and Magrittomania; Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons, Seven Sonatas, and Shostakovich Trilogy; Robbins’ Glass Pieces and In the Night; Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Caprice, Chi-Lin, The Fifth Season, On a Theme of Paganini, Prism, and Trio; and Wheeldon’s Continuum.
In 2013 he produced Estonian National Ballet’s tour to San Francisco, and in 2012 he created a dance/music installation at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. He received an Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Performance for his 2015 performances of Giselle and the Award for Outstanding Performance in Estonia for guest appearances in The Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet.