Houston Ballet Dancer Joseph Walsh Wins Prestigious Princess Grace Award
Houston Ballet Corps de Ballet dancer Joseph Walsh has been awarded a prestigious Princess Grace Award by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.
Walsh will travel to New York City for the Princess Grace Awards gala on Oct. 21, hosted by Prince Albert II of Monaco.
National in scope, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in theater, dance and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships.
Walsh joins a small group of five former Houston Ballet dancers who have won a Princess Grace Award. Previous Houston Ballet winners include Yin Le (1998), Carlos Acosta (1995), Tiekka Schofield (1988), Li Cunxin (1986) and Martha Butler (1984).
Originally from Pennsylvania, Walsh trained at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, American Ballet Theatre and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. He was a member of Houston Ballet II prior to joining the professional company in 2007.
Since that time, Walsh has been featured in a variety of roles, both contemporary and classical, including Lensky in John Cranko’s Onegin, Hans van Manen’s Solo, Gopak in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker, Charles d’Artoise in Stanton Welch’s Marie, first pas de deux in Antony Tudor’s The Leaves are Fading, William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Jiri Kylian’s Soldiers’ Mass and the first and seventh pas de deux in Stanton Welch’s Nosotros.
Walsh will also perform a leading role in the company’s upcoming production of Manon.