A native of Rockford, Illinois, April Daly studied with the Rockford Dance Company and later attended the New School University/Joffrey Ballet BFA program in New York. Ms. Daly danced for two seasons with The Washington Ballet and later joined The Joffrey Ballet in 2003.
Since joining the Joffrey Ballet, Ms. Daly has performed a variety of works, including lead roles in Yuri Possokhov's Don Quixote (Kitri, Mercedes, Queen of the Dryads), Lar Lubovitch's Othello (Desdemona), Frederic Franklin's Giselle (Myrtha, Moyna), Ashton's Cinderella (Fairy Godmother, Autumn Fairy), Ronald Hynd's Merry Widow (Valencienne), and Joffrey's The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum). Other significant performances include Jerome Robbins' In the Night (2nd Pas) and The Concert (The Ballerina, The Wife), Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Aria I), Stars and Stripes Pas (Liberty Bell), Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Apollo (Calliope), Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain and Carousel A Dance (Julie), Wayne McGregor's Infra, Forsythe's In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Lubovitch's ...smile with my heart, Kylian's Forgotten Land (Red Pas, Black Pas), Ashton's Les Patineurs (Red Girl), Edwaard Liang's Age of Innocence, and Stanton Welch's Son of Chamber Symphony. In September 2009, Ms. Daly was Dance Magazine's "On the Rise".
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