Joseph Walsh (© Chris Hardy)
Joined as Soloist in 2014. Promoted to Principal Dancer in 2014.
Born in Doylestown, Pennsylavania, 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 that same year.
On tour to Paris with San Francisco Ballet, Walsh performed Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, The Four Temperments (Sanguinic), and Symphony in C (4th movement and finale); and van Manen’s Solo.
Before joining the Company, Walsh danced many principal and soloist roles in full-length ballets, including 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). He has danced featured roles in Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée and Les Patineurs; Balanchine’s “Emeralds” (pas de trois) in Jewels, Symphony in C (1st and 2nd movement demi-soloist couple), and Theme and Variations (principal). His repertory also includes Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina; 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; Kylian’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, Carousel (A Dance), and Rush.
As a guest artist, Walsh performed with Santa Cruz Ballet and Lafayette Ballet in 2013. He danced 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.