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Gilbert Bolden III was born in San Diego, California and began dancing at the age of nine in Las Vegas, Nevada.

His ballet training began in 2011 at Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, CA, and he continued his studies at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, PA in 2013. In 2014, Mr. Bolden enrolled at the School of American Ballet, NYCB’s official school.

Mr. Bolden became an apprentice with the Company in August 2017 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2018. As an apprentice with the Company, Mr. Bolden III performed a featured role in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Mother Ginger) and originated a featured role in Gianna Reisen’s Composer’s Holiday. 

In October 2023, Mr. Bolden was promoted to soloist.

Portrait © Erin Baiano

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Gilbert Bolden III

Gilbert Bolden III's dancing days began in front of the television, learning from music videos on MTV. His mother and local dance instructors soon recognized his talent, and the rest is history. He shares about early ballet experiences, NYCB colleague camaraderie, and a few other talents he has up his well-tailored sleeve.


  • Bourrée Fantasque 
  • Carnival of the Animals
  • Carousel (A Dance)
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Episodes
  • Firebird (Katschei)
  • The Four Temperaments
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom, Theseus)
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Mother Ginger, Cavalier, Dr. Stahlbaum)
  • Orpheus (Pluto)
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
  • Swan Lake
  • Western Symphony (Allegro)


  • The Sleeping Beauty (King Floristan)
  • Swan Lake (Spanish)


  • Belles-Lettres
  • Copland Dance Episodes
  • Partita


  • Standard Deviation


  • Voices


  • The Four Seasons (Fall)

Silas Farley

  • Architects of Time

Justin Peck

  • Bright
  • Principia
  • Rotunda

Gianna Reisen

  • Composer's Holiday

Lauren Lovette

  • The Shaded Line

Gianna Reisen

  • Judah