Steven Morse (© Chris Hardy)
Harbor City, California
Joined in 2009.
Born in Harbor City, California, Steven Morse trained at Maple Conservatory of Dance, Lauridsen Ballet Centre, Long Beach Ballet Arts Center, and San Francisco Ballet School. He was a San Francisco Ballet School Trainee for one year prior to joining the Company in 2009.
Morse has danced principal or featured roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (King of the Snow, center Russian, Arabian, Chinese, and Spanish), Romeo & Juliet (Paris), The Sleeping Beauty (pas de six), and Swan Lake (Aristocrat and Spanish); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Toreadors); Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House, Lambarena, and Tears; Possokhov’s RAkU (Warriors); Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering (Blue) and In the Night (1st pas de deux); Scarlett’s Hummingbird (1st movement principal), and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Fates). He has performed demi-soloist roles in Tomasson’s “Haffner” Symphony; Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (1st movement), Scotch Symphony, Symphony in C, and Symphony in Three Movements; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III (pas de quatre), and Wheeldon’s Ghosts. He created a soloist role in Tomasson’s Caprice, a corps de ballet role in Scarlett’s Hummingbird, and a principal role in Thatcher’s Manifesto.
His repertory also includes Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Coppélia, and Theme and Variations; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; MacMillan’s Concerto (corps de ballet in pas de deux excerpt); Morris’ Maelstrom; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Diving into the Lilacs, Firebird, The Rite of Spring, and Swimmer; Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands (German, Polish, and Hungarian) and Shostakovich Trilogy (Chamber Symphony and Piano Concerto #1); Robbins’ The Concert, Glass Pieces, and Opus 19/The Dreamer; Taylor’s Company B; Thatcher’s Stone and Steel; Tomasson’s The Fifth Season; Wheeldon’s Number Nine, Rush, and Within the Golden Hour; and Zanella’s Underskin.
Morse danced in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet (Capulet Men) as part of the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance. As a guest artist, he danced the pas de deux from Thatcher’s Overlooked at the Youth America Grand Prix Gala in Tampa, Florida, in January 2014. He performed the pas de trois from Swan Lake at the Anaheim International Dance Festival in 2012.
In 2008, Morse was awarded a bronze medal at the Youth American Grand Prix in New York, won the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Award, and received the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s “Stars of Tomorrow” Award.