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Joseph Gorak began his classical ballet training with North Central School of Ballet in Texas. He has studied under full scholarships at the International Ballet Competition Summer School, as well as ABT's Summer Intensive in Austin, Texas, and Orlando Ballet's Summer Intensive, and School of American Ballet's summer intensive. In 2004, Gorak trained at the Orlando Ballet School and, in 2005, joined Orlando Ballet, under the direction of Fernando Bujones.

Gorak won the silver medal in the senior men's division at the 2005 Helsinki International Ballet Competition, the gold medal in the senior men's division at the 2005 YAGP Finals, the silver medal from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and the Grand Prix Award at the 2006 YAGP Finals.

Gorak joined ABT II in 2006 and was named an apprentice with American Ballet Theatre in January 2009. He joined ABT as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2010. Among his roles with the Company are the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, the Beggar Chief in Manon, the Nutcracker Prince, the Recruit, the Chinese Dance and the Russian Dance in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, Lensky in Onegin, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Bluebird and a Fairy Knight in The Sleeping Beauty, The Poet in Les Sylphides, a Goat in Sylvia, Benno and the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake and roles in Bach Partita, In the Upper Room and Symphony in C. He created the role of Ferdinand in The Tempest and leading roles in Dumbarton and Private Light.

In 2011 Gorak won the Erik Bruhn Prize. He is the recipient of a 2011-2012 Princess Grace Performance Dance Fellowship.

Mr. Gorak's performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Harlan M. Blake.