The Dancers

Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson

JB9956 For the Royal New Zealand Ballet, July 2020. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Josh holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and has danced with the Houston Ballet for the past three years. Josh’s love for all dance styles began at the age of four after seeing a tango on Shortland Street, and hasn’t let up since. A tap dancer for many years, he transitioned into ballet at 14 when he left New Zealand to study full time at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He has attended summer intensives at Nederlands Dans Theater, Springboard Danse Montréal, Axis Connect New York, and with Glen Harris at Southern Ballet.

Josh was featured in the New Zealand documentary series Dare to Dream as one of six New Zealanders following their dream. He has received critical acclaim from the New York Times and Los Angeles Times for his performances in Paul Taylor’s Roses and Merce Cunningham’s Night of 100 Solos. He was recognised in both ballet and tap at the 2013 YoungArts competition.

Josh has performed in works by Stanton Welch, Ben Stevenson, Martha Graham, Nacho Duato, José Limón, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Tim Harbour, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, with particular highlights being Aszure Barton’s Come In and Houston Ballet’s collaboration with Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars musical theatre production of Oklahoma!

Josh has passions both in choreographing and teaching, and he has enjoyed teaching at dance schools around New Zealand. Joshua’s choreography was featured in Juilliard’s Choreographic Honours for three years, and he was selected to premiere works in Juilliard’s Choreographers and Composers Concert in 2015 and Juilliard’s Senior Production 2017. He was chosen to be a part of IMEE Dance Company’s blank | SLATE in February.

Josh returned home to New Zealand due to COVID-19 and performed as Prince Desire in The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Sleeping Beauty as a guest dancer, and joins as a company member in 2021.

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Dancer Credits


The Sleeping Beauty

Prince Desire

The Sleeping Beauty

Morfran (Carabosse's Cavalier)

The Sleeping Beauty

Puss in Boots