Vibrant, dazzling, a little bit dangerous: Angelo Greco is a firecracker. He pushes his breathtaking jumps and turns to the very edge of control, yet imbues each step with lyrical musicality and sensitive emotion. Those qualities, along with a boyish mop of curls, made Greco an instant audience favorite when he joined San Francisco Ballet from La Scala as a soloist in 2016. A frequent partner for prima ballerina Maria Kochetkova, he was promoted to principal in 2017—and he's just 22.
The Sardinian-born, La Scala–trained Greco has also made a mark on the international scene, winning the 2016 Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto. "He always dances full-out, with feeling," says his Bruhn partner and co-winner, SFB corps member Natasha Sheehan. "With Angelo, there is no such thing as marking." Whatever the role, from the Swan Lake pas de trois to Alexei Ratmansky's Seven Sonatas to the title role in Balanchine's Prodigal Son, he dances like a star.