Joseph Walsh (© Chris Hardy)
Joined as soloist in 2014.
Promoted to principal dancer in 2014.
Born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Joseph Walsh trained at Walnut Hill School of the Arts and Houston Ballet II, along with many summer programs, before joining Houston Ballet as a corps de ballet dancer in 2007; he was promoted to soloist in 2010 and principal dancer in 2012. He joined San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2014 and was promoted to principal dancer in December that same year.
Walsh has performed principal and featured roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (Nutcracker Prince and Snow King) and Romeo & Juliet (Benvolio); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Gypsy King); Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, The Four Temperaments (Sanguinic), Serenade (Waltz), and Symphony in C (4th movement and finale); Caniparoli’s Lambarena; Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II (Solor); Possokhov’s Swimmer (The Swimmer); Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy (principal in Chamber Symphony); Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering (Brown); Scarlett’s Hummingbird (principal); van Manen’s Solo and Variations for Two Couples; and Wheeldon’s Rush and Within the Golden Hour. He created a role in Wheeldon’s Borealis.
Before joining the Company, Walsh danced such full-length ballets as Cranko’s Onegin (Lensky) and Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio); Hynd’s The Merry Widow (Camille); MacMillan’s Manon (Des Grieux) and Song of the Earth (Death); McIntyre’s Peter Pan (Peter); Stevenson’s Coppélia (Franz), The Nutcracker (Prince), and The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund and Blue Bird); Welch’s La Bayadère (Solor), Cinderella (Prince and Ugly Stepsisters), Madame Butterfly (Pinkerton and Goro), and Marie (Axel von Ferson and Charles d’Artoise). His repertory includes Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée and Les Patineurs; Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina, “Emeralds” in Jewels, Symphony in C, and Theme and Variations; Barton’s Angular Momentum; Bournonville’s Flower Festival in Genzano; Bruce’s Intimate Pages and Rooster; Fonte’s See(k); Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Kudelka’s Little Dancer and Passion; Kylián’s Forgotten Land and Soldiers’ Mass; Morris’ Pacific and Sandpaper Ballet; Tharp’s In the Upper Room; Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading; Walsh’s Camille Claudel and Titus Andronicus; Welch’s Clear, The Core, Divergence, Falling, The Four Seasons, Sons de l’âme: Lang Lang Dance Project, Tapestry, and Tu Tu; and Wheeldon’s Carnival of the Animals, and Carousel (A Dance).
Walsh danced the role of Benvolio in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet as part of the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance. As a guest artist, he performed excerpts from Le Corsaire and Welch’s Sons de l’âme at the International Ballet Gala: World Ballet Superstars in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August 2014. He performed with Santa Cruz Ballet and Lafayette Ballet in 2013; at the International Ballet Gala, Dance Society of Malaysia, in 2012; at Life Chance Gala at Columbia Classical Ballet, in 2011; at José Manuel Carreño Dance Festival at Sarasota Ballet in 2011; and with Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre from 2008 to 2012.
Walsh received a Princess Grace Award (Dance Fellowship) in 2009 and was acknowledged by Walnut Hill School of the Arts with Artistic Excellence in Dance awards in 2005 and 2006, and by American Ballet Theatre as a National Bender Scholar in 2004 and 2005.