Born in Sioux Falls, SD, Mr. Boos relocated himself to NY at 15 to study dance on full scholarship at the Harkness House. Following this, he studied on scholarship at the American Ballet Theater School, and finally the School of American Ballet. It was at SAB, while working extensively with both George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins that Mr. Boos developed an intimate understanding of the connection between music and movement. After dancing principal roles in Balanchine’s Symphony in C and Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering as part of the SAB workshop, Mr. Boos was asked to join New York City Ballet at the age of 18.
Mr. Boos went on to dance with NYCB for 13 years before launching into the international scene as a guest teacher, initially with the Royal Danish Ballet where he taught for 3 years. In 1992, Mr. Boos was entrusted by the George Balanchine Trust to become a sanctioned repetiteur. Since then he has gone on to stage ballets all over the world with such companies as the Paris Opera, Bolshoi, Maryinsky, La Scala, the Joffrey, and others.
In 2016 The George Balanchine Foundation named Mr. Boos as “Project Associate” for its Interpreters Archive (IA). The IA, under the direction of Nancy Reynolds, preserves Balanchine’s oeuvre by recording original principal cast members and dancers who worked closely with Balanchine himself in rehearsal, coaching today’s dancers and documenting Balanchine’s original intention of his ballets. Known for his exacting eye and devotion to musicality, Mr. Boos teaches a class which emphasizes accepting full responsibility and understanding of the body’s movement. Through this common sense approach, dancers develop a disciplined command of their bodies, secure in the ability to apply technique.
It is these tenets for simple honest teaching that Mr. Boos learned while working alongside Balanchine and Robbins which have allowed him to excel in his capacity as master teacher, role assignation, and stager of ballets to this day.