April Daly

Rockford, Illinois

Company Artist with the Joffrey since 2003.


April Daly, a native of Rockford, Illinois, studied with the Rockford Dance Company and later attended the New School University/Joffrey Ballet BFA program in New York. Daly also danced for two seasons with The Washington Ballet prior to joining the Joffrey. 

Since joining The Joffrey Ballet, Daly has performed a variety of works, including lead roles in Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake (Odette/Odile), John Neumeier's Sylvia (Sylvia), Yuri Possokhov's Don Quixote (Kitri, Mercedes, Queen of the Dryads) Lar Lubovitch's Othello (Desdemona), Frederic Franklin's Giselle (Myrtha, Moyna), Frederick Ashton's Cinderella (Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, Autumn Fairy), Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow (Valencienne), Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet (Juliet), Stanton Welch's La Bayadère (Gazmatti), and Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum). Other significant performances include Jerome Robbins's In the Night (2nd Pas) and The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody) (The Ballerina, The Wife); Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Aria I), Stars and Stripes Pas (Liberty Bell), Tschaikovsky Pas de DeuxApollo (Calliope), Prodigal Son, and Allegro Brilliante; Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain, Continuum, Liturgy, Fool's Paradise (Main pas), and Carousel (A Dance) (Julie); Antony Tudor's Lilac Garden; Wayne McGregor's INFRA; William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; Lar Lubovitch's ...smile with my heart; Jiří Kylián's Forgotten Land (Red Pas, Black Pas); Frederick Ashton's Les Patineurs (Red Girl); Edwaard Liang's Age of Innocence; Alexander Ekman's Tulle; Ashley Page's Tipping Point; and Stanton Welch's Son of Chamber Symphony. In September 2009, she was Dance Magazine's "On the Rise."