Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Bo Brinton began studying dance during his senior year of high school at Arizona Ballet Theatre. Under the direction of Cecily Bressel and Norman Walker, he was able to build a strong technical foundation in both ballet and modern dance. After two years of training he was selected to attend the School of Dance at the University of Arizona; here he learned a variety of works choreographed by Elizabeth George, James Clouser, and George Balanchine. While in college Bo also had the privilege of attending summer programs at Spectrum Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King LINES Ballet on scholarship. A diverse and enriching education enabled him to refine his skills as both a classical and contemporary artist. Upon graduating from the University of Arizona in 2016, with a BFA in dance, Bo accepted a position with Artifact Dance Project in Tucson, Arizona. In 2017 he joined José Mateo Ballet Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts for their final repertory season. Bo is thrilled to be dancing with San Diego Ballet for the 2018/2019 season.
Who influenced you most to become the dancer you are today?
Norman Walker was my first dance teacher. He began training around the same age that I did, and had a career that included dancing with the May O’Donell Dance Company and serving as artistic director of Jacob’s Pillow. He helped me realize that dance could be possible for me if I worked hard enough; that my body and mind were capable of much more than I believed.
What was the funniest episode(s) you’ve experienced in your career?
My funniest episode happened during a studio showing at the conclusion of the ABT summer intensive. I did a grand battement à la seconde with a little too much enthusiasm and my supporting leg slipped out from under me, sending me to the floor. Thankfully I was in the back during that section, but it was mortifying nonetheless!
Who would you most like to share the stage with (living or dead)?
I know she’s a controversial figure in the ballet world, but I would love to share the stage with Gelsey Kirkland. I have read both of her memoirs and she approaches her craft with remarkable depth and determination. In old films of her performances at NYCB and ABT, you can see how she bares her soul and turns out from the heart.
What goes through your mind just before you perform?
Before a performance, I always take time to remind myself to be grateful for the opportunity I am being given on that night. Being able to dance for an audience is such a gift. It’s important to me to remain humble, and to remember all the people who have helped me arrive at that moment.
What do you like/admire most about San Diego Ballet?
I admire the diversity of the content that San Diego Ballet presents. The company draws influence from a variety of musical genres and dance styles, contributing to an inclusive atmosphere that is unique for a ballet company. I think that this breadth of programming offers performances that are both engaging and accessible for the entire San Diego community.