Dana Genshaft (© David Allen)
Named Apprentice in 2000. Joined in 2001. Promoted to Soloist in 2008.
Born in Moscow, Russia, Dana Genshaft trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Paris Opéra Ballet School. She was named apprentice at San Francisco Ballet in 2000, joined the corps de ballet in 2001, and was promoted to soloist in 2008.
Genshaft has created roles in Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House and Morris’ Joyride and has danced principal roles in Balanchine’s Coppélia, Divertimento No. 15, and Symphony in Three Movements; Cranko’s Onegin (Olga); Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Tomasson’s Nutcracker (Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy) and Trio; and Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), Cinderella (Stepsister Edwina), Ghosts, and Within the Golden Hour. Her soloist and demi-soloist roles include Balanchine’s Symphony in C and Theme and Variations; Page’s Guide to Strange Places; and Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.
Also in her repertory are Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Chi-Lin, The Fifth Season, Giselle, Prism, Le Quattro Stagioni, and Romeo & Juliet; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; Lubovitch’s Othello; Morris’ Sylvia; Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid; Balanchine’s Ballo Della Regina, “Diamonds,” “Emeralds,” The Four Temperaments, Square Dance, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto; Ashton’s Monotones I and Symphonic Variations; Bintley’s The Dance House; Elo’s Double Evil; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations; McGregor’s Borderlands, Chroma, and Eden/Eden; de Mille’s Rodeo; Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, A Garden, Maelstrom, Pacific, and Sandpaper Ballet; Makarova’s Paquita; Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs, Firebird, Magrittomania, and Reflections; Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux and From Foreign Lands; Robbins’ Dybbuk, Fanfare, Glass Pieces, and West Side Story Suite; Taylor’s Company B and Spring Rounds; Welch’s Naked and Tu Tu; and Wheedon’s Number Nine, Quaternary, and Rush.
Genshaft has performed as a guest artist at Portland Ballet Gala and the Dance/USA Annual Conference and in Tiit Helimet’s Estonia Project. She choreographed the 2013 music video Say When.