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Joan Boada Biography


Joan Boada portraitJoan Boada received his impeccable training and foundation of classical repertory from the prestigious, Escuela Nacional de Ballet in Cuba. After graduation, he moved to Paris to train with Gilbert Mayer, Jacques Namont, and Manuel Legris. Engaged as a guest artist with Ballet de Nancy, he got the opportunity to perform Spectre de la rose and Le Prince Igor, under the watchful eye of Pierre Lacotte. Roland Petite, of Ballet de Marseille, created a piece for Mr. Boada and prima ballerina, Altynai Asylmuratova.

Joan Boada competed in the highest ballet competitions, Varna, Paris, Osaka, and Shanghai, receiving medals and prizes of distinction. He was invited to perform as a guest artist with Victor Ullate, dancing Basilio, and also with Ballet de Manila, The Australian Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, and Ballet de Bordeaux, where he received the Prix Lifar for his performance in Icare

After guesting with The San Francisco Ballet, Mr. Boada joined the company as a principal artist in 1999, dancing coveted roles in full length classics ballets such as Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Eguene Oneguin, and Cinderella. His award winning interpretation of Basilio in Don Quixote will forever be remembered in San Francisco and around the world. During Mr. Boada’s long performing career, he caught the eye of some of the most celebrated choreographers, such as William Forsythe, Mark Morris, Yuri Passokov, Aleksei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, and Christopher Wheeldon, to name a few.

Over the years, Mr. Boada transformed into a unique and versatile dancer; excelling in classical, dramatic, and neo-classical roles, created by Balanchine, Robbins, and Ashton. He garnered international fame for his precise classical technique and dramatic capabilities. His fellow dancers admired him for his musicality and innate sense of rhythm. One of the highlights of his career was working with Irina Jacobson, dancing, Vestris, in which he recently restaged for The Boston Ballet. Not many dancers have reached the level of artistry that Joan Boada possesses. He is a great talent and one of the most celebrated dancers of his generation.

His recognition and skill in the male technique as well as his partnering proficiency are second to none Mr. Boada passes his unique experience and vast understanding of the art form on to other dancers and students, so they too may share their gifts with their audience.



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