John-Paul Simoens (© Chris Hardy)
San Pedro, California
Named Apprentice in 2014.
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.
At San Francisco Ballet, Simoens has danced in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (Russian) and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Spanish Cavalier). As a San Francisco Ballet School Trainee, he 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 was a semi-finalist at the Prix de Lausanne, Youth America Grand Prix (New York City), and Spotlight Competition, all in 2012.