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Ricardo Rhodes

Principal Dancer

Ricardo Rhodes
Born
- Boston, Massachusetts

Trained - Boston Ballet

Joined - 2007, promoted to Principal in 2012

Favorite Quote - "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela

Favorite Role - Apollo. Balanchine’s Apollo is a powerful and unique role, that has shown me another perspective of musicality and dance. It taught me so about myself. Apollo is a challenging role, where you never leave the stage, filled with jumps turns and partnering, requiring an immense amount of energy while keeping a certain poise required for the role. I remember having a calm energy while dancing and nothing else mattered. I genuinely loved sharing a piece of me with the audience and my peers. I felt vulnerable, yet secure.

Favorite costume - Oberon in Ashton’s The Dream. The Oberon costume is a blue green colored unitard with tassels along the shoulders and arms with wings attached from the wrist to the back. Oh and a crown! It’s such a beautiful male fairy costume, I felt long, elegant and powerful wearing it.

Fun fact - I am training to run the Boston Marathon.

Lead and featured roles include Ashton’s A Wedding Bouquet, Jazz Calendar, La Fille mal Gardée, Symphonic Variations, Les Rendezvous, Les Patineurs, Birthday Offering, Scènes de Ballet, Sinfonietta, Monotones II, The Dream; Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Apollo, DiamondsEmeralds, RubiesSerenade, Allegro Brillante, Theme and Variations, Who Cares?; Bintley's 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café; Bruce’s Sergeant Early’s Dream; Darrell’s Othello; de Valois’ Checkmate; Fokine’s Les Sylphides; Gomes' Dear Life...; Graziano’s Valsinhas, Before Night Falls, Shostakovich Suite, En las Calles de Murcia, In a State of Weightlessness; Hart’s John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker; Kobborg’s Salute, Napoli Act III (After Bournonville); MacMillan’s Concerto; Nijinsky’s L’Après-midi d’un Faune; North’s Troy Game; Robbins' Fancy Free; Tuckett’s Spielende Kinder, Lux Aeterna, Changing Light; Wheeldon’s The American, There Where She Loved; Wright’s Summertide.

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