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Principals

Esteban Hernandez

Esteban Hernandez

Biography

  • Born

    Guadalajara, Mexico

  • Training

    The Rock School for Dance Education
    The Royal Ballet School
    American Ballet Theatre (summer program)
    Vaganova Academy (summer program)

  • San Francisco Ballet

    Joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2013
    Promoted to soloist in 2017
    Promoted to principal dancer in 2019
    Promoted to principal dancer in 2018

Helgi Tomasson

Bartók Divertimento 

Caprice (originated)

Concerto Grosso 

Don Quixote (Gitano Leader)

The Fifth Season 

Giselle (Peasant pas de cinq) 

Nutcracker (Dancing Nutcracker, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian)

On a Theme of Paganini 

The Sleeping Beauty (Pas de Six/Cavaliers and Bluebird)

Swan Lake (Act I pas de trois, Neapolitan, and Peasants)

Trio 

 

George Balanchine

Diamonds 

Prodigal Son (Son)

Rubies

Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Theme and Variations

Tarantella (pas de deux)

 

val Caniparoli

Lambarena

 

John Cranko

Onegin

 

Johan Kobborg

Les Lutins

 

serge Lifar 

Suite en Blanc (pas de cinq)

 

hans van Manen

Solo

 

Trey McIntyre

Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem (originated)

 

john Neumeier

The Little Mermaid (Naval Officer)

 

justin Peck

Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes (Three soloist men)

 

yuri Possokhov

Firebird

Fusion

Magrittomania

Optimistic Tragedy (Two Sailors)

The Rite of Spring

“… two united in a single soul…” (Narcissus)

 

Alexei Ratmansky

From Foreign Lands (Italian, Spanish, and Hungarian)

Symphony #9 and Chamber Symphony in Shostakovich Trilogy

 

Dwight Rhoden

LET’S BEGIN AT THE END (originated)

 

Jerome Robbins

Fancy Free (Sailor)

Glass Pieces

 

liam Scarlett

Die Toteninsel (originated)

Fearful Symmetries (originated)

Frankenstein (Henry Clerval)

Hummingbird

 

myles Thatcher 

Ghost in the Machine (originated)

 

stanton Welch

Bespoke (originated)

 

christopher Wheeldon

Bound To 

Cinderella (Autumn and Courtiers)

Continuum

 
  • Received the Latino Spirit Award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus for achievements in the performing arts, Sacramento, California, 2016.
  • Named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Mexico, 2016. 
  • Received the Jerome Robbins Foundation Award and gold medals at Youth America Grand Prix.
  • Performed at Gala Despertares; produced by Soul Arts Productions, owned by Esteban and his brother, Isaac Hernandez, Mexico City, 2018.
  • Danced Helgi Tomasson’s Concerto Grosso at the Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center, 2017.
  • Performed at the Expresiones Gala, Guadalahara, Mexico,  2017.
  • Performed at Gala Despertares; produced by Soul Arts Productions, owned by Esteban and his brother, Isaac Hernandez, Guadalahara, Mexico, 2016.

Q&A

What has been your proudest moment as a dancer? Why?

My brother Isaac and I organized a gala back in my hometown of Guadalajara—sharing the stage with my brother and my friends there was the most amazing feeling.

If I weren't a dancer I'd be...

A concert pianist. Playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is a dream of mine.

I love San Francisco because…

There is a great variety and mix of different cultures, and there’s something for everybody.