For Joseph Walsh, there was never any question of what he would be when he grew up. His older sister was a dancer, and by the time Joseph was three years old he was accompanying her to Nutcracker performances. "I remember being backstage and the snow ended," he says. "I started rolling around in endless piles of snow, and it was the most fun I ever had. From then on, I asked my parents if I could start taking classes."
Lessons in tap, jazz and Modern followed before he started to zero in on his ballet training.
The moment that solidified his path to a professional dance career came at age 14 when he performed at the Lincoln Center in New York City. "It was the first time I performed for more than 200 people at a time." The feeling of being on a stage of such magnitude was one close to euphoria, one he's been chasing ever since.
Since joining the professional company in 2007, Joseph's had the opportunity to dance a wide range of roles. One of his favorites includes his part in Sir Kenneth MacMillian's Manon. "It was the first three-act ballet I had to carry with a female lead. I was one of those things like the Lincoln Center performance where I had to get over this mental stage fright and realize I got this. When the performance was over, it was so satisfying."
He's also recently had acclaimed performances in Stanton Welch's The Rite of Spring and La Bayadere, but it was his leading role in last June's Rome and Juliet that captured our hearts. As Romeo, he displayed the refined elegance and gentle power that has come to characterize his dance.More »