Dylan Gutierrez is a dancer with The Joffrey Ballet. His journey has followed a path to becoming a professional dancer that many imagine as the ideal, attending top summer intensives, placing in YAGP competitions, and attending some of the top training programs in the world. He began his professional career at just 18 years of age. Ballet has always been a part of his life and his family; his mother and his sister are also ballet dancers.
Energetic and engaging, Dylan is a social media and YouTube presence. He loves food and music, especially that of his current hometown, Chicago. While ballet is his career, he’s expressed a passion for Hip-Hop in the past that almost expelled him from the Royal Ballet School!
Since joining The Joffrey Ballet in 2009, he has danced The Summer and Autumn Cavalier in Fredrick Ashton’s Cinderella, the second Pas de deux in Gerald Arpino’s Reflections, and Gerald Arpino’s Suite Saint Sans Pas de deux. Dylan has also danced the Aria 2 Pas de deux in George Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto and The Usher in Jerome Robbin’s The Concert. Both premiered in The Joffrey Ballet’s All Stars season.
In Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote he performed all 3 male lead roles, Don Quixote, Basilio, and Espada at the age of 21. He has danced the Nutcracker Prince, the Arabian pas de deux and the Snow King in Gerald Arpino’s Nutcracker. In Wayne Macgregor’s Infra he danced the Ed Watson role and pas de deux. He has also danced In the Night by Jerome Robbins and Ed Liang’s Age of Innocence in the Obey Thee pas de deux.
Favorite Interview Quote: “Play to your strengths not your weaknesses.”
Dylan began his training in Los Angeles under the direction of his mother, Andrea Paris-Gutierrez at the Los Angeles Ballet Academy. He was a Music Center Spotlight awards semi-finalist in 2006 and placed in the top six at the Youth American Grand Prix finals in New York for three consecutive years. He was also an ABT National Training Scholar in 2004 and 2006.
In 2006 he trained at The Royal Ballet School with a full tuition scholarship and sponsorship from HSBC, from which he graduated with Honours and received the Cyril Beaumont Award.
In 2008 Dylan was named one of two apprentices with the San Francisco Ballet . He made his professional debut at the age of 18 in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. He also danced the Arabian and Mouse King in Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker. During San Francisco Ballet’s 2009 season he danced in Helgi Tomasson’s Prism, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, George Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite and George Balanchine’s Jewels.
Dancer Answer: Advice for Aspiring Young Dancers
Q: From Katie in MN: What is your advice on how to choose the right Summer Intensive if a dancer wants to become a professional; how important is the program they attend?
A: You need to base your decision entirely on your personal goals – rather than the advice of your friends or whether you will know someone attending. If it is about YOUR career or you getting better – than you need to base it on YOU.
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