click here for the full article).
(Click here for an Elle article by Kate O'Malley headlined English National Ballet Director Refuses To Apologise For Relationship With Dancer 16 Years Younger). Hernandez is from a dance family in Guadalajara, Mexico and joined the San Francisco Ballet in 2008 as an 18-year-old, advancing from the corps de ballet to soloist. In 2012 he went to Europe where he was a principal dancer for the Dutch National Ballet before joining the English National Ballet. I looked up his name on this blog's Google search engine and found this single entry describing the 2009 SF Ballet Gala: "Tina LeBlanc, who is retiring this year after a long career with the company, was partnered in a Balanchine choroeographed "Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux" by a new 18-year-old member of the Corps de Ballet named Isaac Hernandez. The Guadalajara born "prodigy" was in a class of his own on Wednesday, making the most fiendishly difficult dance moves look smooth, effortless and musical. This young man is going to be a superstar, and you read it here first." See, I told you so.
click here for Rachel Howard at the SF Chronicle and here for April Deocariza in Pointe Magazine. (Photo above by Erik Tomasson.)