John-Paul Simoens (© Chris Hardy)
Named apprentice in 2014. Joined in 2015.
John-Paul Simoens was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and trained at Lauridsen Dance Centre, in summer programs at American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, Houston Ballet, and The Royal Ballet, and at San Francisco Ballet School, where he was in the Trainee Program. He was named an apprentice in 2014 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2015.
At San Francisco Ballet, Simoens has performed featured roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (Jack-in-the-Box, Arabian, Spanish, and Russian), and Romeo & Juliet (Friar John). His repertory also includes Tomasson’s Giselle, Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Seguidilla and Fandango); Possokhov’s Swimmer; and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Spanish Cavalier). As a San Francisco Ballet School Trainee, Simoens danced Armand’s Raymonda (pas de quatre), Caniparoli’s Violin (principal), Maynard’s Among the Cypress (principal) and Light Line (pas de trois), and Wheeldon’s Danses Bohemiennes (principal).
Simoens 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. He was a semi-finalist at the Prix de Lausanne, Youth America Grand Prix (New York City), and Spotlight Competition, all in 2012.