In 2002, Dominic Walsh, Principal Dancer and Choreographer with Houston Ballet, founded Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. After the company’s debut in February 2003, Dance Magazine declared, “At last Houston has a contemporary dance company on par with its symphony, opera and ballet companies.” The company’s roster included works by Walsh, Mats Ek, Jiří Kylián, Mauro Bigonzetti, and Matthew Bourne. Walsh was born in Elgin, Illinois and started his training with Lisa Boehm, Frank Boehm, Warren Conover, and Larry Long in Chicago. He joined Houston Ballet in 1989, and was promoted to Principal Dancer by 1996. Walsh danced throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. Walsh has danced all the major classics including Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Romeo & Juliet, and Manonwith international stars such as Nina Ananiashvili and Alessandra Ferri. He danced Houston Ballet’s entire contemporary repertoire, and Ben Stevenson created numerous roles for him including Marc Antony in Cleopatra.
In 1998, Walsh created Flames of Eroson Houston Ballet. This work won the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography. He created three more works for Houston Ballet and in 2004, Walsh left to pursue Dominic Walsh Dance Theater full-time. Walsh won a second Choo-San Goh Award in 2007 and received a 2008 Princess Grace Award, both for The Trilogy: Wolgang Amadeau Mozart. In 2012 he was inducted into the Fox Valley Hall of Fame.
Walsh continues to receive commissions to set and create works nationally and internationally. Walsh served as the Resident Choreographer for Sarasota Ballet of Florida, creating/staging Wolfgang for Webb(2008), The Trilogy(2009), and Time out of Line(2011),Claire de Lune(2011) and travels throughout the U.S. and abroad as a guest teacher and coach for both companies and academies.Walsh also stages the works of his longtime mentor, Ben Stevenson. The Carl Jung Center has shown interest in Walsh’s creative process and he has given lectures at Houston’s Jung Center. He has written for various publications on dance, and was a regular columnist for Origin Magazine. Walsh made his film debut as a co-director at the Brussels Short Film Festivalin Spring 2015 with Malta Kano, TX. In 2015 Walsh became a proud father and closed DWDT after 12 seasons. In December 2015 he launched his 200 page photo book he created with company photographer, Gabriella Nissen, titled simply “Dominic Walsh Dance Theater”. In September of 2018 Walsh made his debut as Costume Designer for Stevenson’s Cinderella with National Ballet of China.
Thank you to the wonderful photographers: Gabriella Nissen, Amitava Sakar, Frank Artura, Phillis McCabe, Gene Schiavone, Jim, Caldwell, Geoff Winningham, Jaime Lagdameo, Lynn Lane, Mike Connally , Leticia London, Bamberg Fine Art.