Simone Messmer (© Rosalie O'Connor)
Joined as Soloist in 2013.
Messmer trained at Ballet Arts Minnesota and at The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. She joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in 2001 and was named an ABT apprentice in 2002. The following year, she became a member of the corps de ballet; in 2010, she was promoted to soloist. She joined San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2013.
Messmer has danced principal roles in ballets including Coralli/Perrot/Petipa’s Giselle (Myrtha), Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias (Prudence), and Nureyev’s La Bayadère (Gamzatti). She created principal roles in Ratmansky’s Firebird (Maiden) and Symphony #9, among others.
Messmer’s repertory at ABT also included featured roles in Petipa’s Le Corsaire and Raymonda; Ratmansky’s The Bright Stream; Ashton’s Birthday Offering; Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina; Kylián’s Overgrown Path, Petite Mort, and Sinfonietta; Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes; Parsons’ Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison; Taylor’s Company B; and Tharp’s In the Upper Room.
Messmer was a recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship.