Simon Ball

Simon Ball Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet faculty member

Simon Ball began his twenty year performing career in 1995 as a member of the corps de ballet at Boston Ballet. He was promoted to soloist in 1996, then to principal in 1999 until 2003. In 2003 he joined Houston Ballet as a principal dancer where he performed until 2015.

Mr. Ball has performed leading roles in such full length ballets as; Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Onegin, Taming of the Shrew, The Nutcracker, The Merry Widow, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, La Fille Mal Gardee, and in diverse repertoire by world renowned choreographers including: Bruce Wells, Rudi van Dantzig, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Paul Taylor, William Forsythe, Anthony Tudor, Nacho Duato, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Ben Stevenson, Ronald Hynd, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Stanton Welch, James Kudelka, and Jiri Kilian.

Simon Ball has also received a number of prestigious awards including the Margarite Amelita Hoffman scholarship at the international ballet competition in Jackson, Mississippi (1990); the gold medal at the First International Ballet Competition in memory of Rudolf Nureyev (1994) in Budapest, Hungary; and the gold medal at the international ballet competition in Jackson, Mississippi (1994). He was invited to perform numerous galas worldwide including the Benois de la Danse.

Simon joined Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in 2015 as Men's Program Coordinator and Faculty Member. Mr. Ball has also been on the teaching faculty of Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, Boston Ballet School, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Kansas City Ballet, Hope Stone Dance, Rice University’s Opera studies program, Vail Valley Dance Intensive, and the Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive.