Josie Walsh is the Artistic Director / Choreographer of BalletRED , The worldwide “Project Protégé” and the Joffrey Ballet School Los Angeles and San Francisco. Former professional dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Zurich Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theatre, Walsh is known as the “Renegade” ballerina for her cutting edge hybrid style of edgy classical and contemporary ballet fusion. Infamous for transcending boundaries and setting new trends, Walsh was named “25 to watch” by Dance Magazine as well as chosen by the Los Angeles Times as “Faces to watch 2014” for dance. She has danced worldwide during her long successful and diverse career as a ballerina and her choreography spanned from projects throughout Europe before returning to Los Angeles where she integrated this vast background into the commercial as well as concert dance world.
Josie directs and choreographs for TV, film and stage. Credits include: “YAHOO” national commercial, Walt Disney “Tinkerbell”, A&E The Cleaner “Cinderella”, UTV international logo identity, STARZ “Torchwood”, MGM movie premiere “Bullet Proof Monk”, CBS “That’s Life”, Red Bull “Formula One”, LA Music Awards, Paul Mitchell Industrial, Zurich Opera, “Get Ur Ballet On” and “OMG she’s a REAL Ballerina” music videos for Jealous Angel, “Inappropriate Comedy” feature film, “Pilgrim” Rock Opera, Asia Entertainment, Queen Mary Live, Focus Fish Flying Circus, Project Angel Food.
CONTEMPORARY BALLET COMMISSIONS: “Dreams” Gala De Danza with Sammy Hagar live, “Eternity” Gala De Danza, “Texture of Time” Festival Ballet Theatre, “Secret Garden” (full length) State Street Ballet and Festival Ballet Theatre, “Bach to Rock” State Street Ballet, “Sirens” Los Angeles Ballet, “Transmutation“ Los Angeles Ballet, “Timeless” Joffrey SF, “Marine Machines” Joffrey West, “Lingogo” Joffrey West”,“Luminate” Luminario Ballet, “Deconstructed” Harvard Ballet, “Taming of the Shrew” Aeolian Ballet, “Found” & “Internal Affairs” Celebrate Dance, “Artemis” Santa Monica College, MyoKyo™ RED full length Renegade Rock Ballet productions: Urban Angels, Concrete Rose, Garden of Reason, Image-Nation, Gone with the Whim, Avalon and Carnivinyl.
Josie teaches master classes in contemporary dance, classical as well as contemporary ballet. Her unique and progressive approach to ballet, rooted in a strong classical base, fuses contemporary and modern principles in such a way that connects the dancers technically while opening them up artistically through the ballet syllabus and beyond. “Freedom within the structure”- Josie Walsh.