Principal Dancers

Joan Boada

Joan Boada

Joan Boada (© David Allen)

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Havana, Cuba

Company Membership:

Joined as a principal dancer in 1999.

A native of Havana, Cuba, Joan Boada trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba and danced with seven companies (including Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Ballet National de Marseille Roland Petit, The Australian Ballet, and Royal Ballet of Flanders) before joining San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 1999.

Boada created roles in Possokhov’s Magrittomania, Fusion, Diving into the Lilacs, and Raymonda Pas de Deux; Wheeldon’s Quaternary and Within the Golden Hour; and Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, On Common Ground, and On a Theme of Paganini, among others. Among his major roles are Albrecht in Tomasson’s Giselle, Nutcracker Prince in Tomasson’s Nutcracker, Romeo in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, Blue Bird in Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Tomasson’s Swan Lake, Basilio in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Lensky in Cranko’s Onegin, Aminta in Morris’ Sylvia, and Prince Gillaume in Wheeldon’s Cinderella.

Boada has also performed lead roles in Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (3rd movement), Prodigal Son, Bugaku, The Four Temperaments, “Rubies,” Serenade, Square Dance, Symphony in C, Symphony in Three Movements, and Theme and Variations; Caniparoli’s Connotations; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite and in the middle, somewhat elevated; Garnier’s Aunis; Jacobson’s Vestris; Kudelka’s Dreams of Harmony; Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II; Morris’ Maelstrom; the pas de deux from Petipa’s Le Corsaire; Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy (Piano Concerto #1); Robbins’ Other Dances and Fanfare; Scarlett’s Hummingbird; Tomasson’s Blue Rose, Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers, The Fifth Season, Prism, Le Quattro Stagioni, Trio, and Valses Poeticos; Welch’s Tu Tu; Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance); and York’s Celts, among others.

As a guest artist, Boada performed with Roberto Bolle & Friends at Terme di Caracalla, Rome, Italy; Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy; and Teatro Grande degli Scavi, Pompeii, Italy, in July 2015.  He danced Garcia’s Majismo at the American Ballet Theatre gala honoring José Manuel Carreño in 2011; La Fille mal gardée and Don Quixote at the International Ballet Conference/Louisiana Bicentennial Conference in New Orleans in 2003; and Shogun and Flames of Paris in “Midsummer Celebration” with Ballet Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 2003.

Boada’s honors include an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Ensemble Performance with Lorena Feijoo for Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote in 2003, and various awards at international ballet competitions in 1994 and 1995.


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