Jon Jackson, of Washington, D.C., and a United States Navy Veteran, is a Founding Principal Dancer of The Washington Ballet and a Founding Principal Actor of the former Ebony Impromptu Theatre Company. Jon, a graduate of McKinley Tech High School, got his theatrical start in the Workshops for Careers in the Arts Drama and Dance Departments. While there he was the lead actor in “Everyman” and “Estaban”. Both musicals with their Everyman Street Theatre Company, among other productions. Jon went on to The Juilliard School, where he was featured in The Juilliard Dance Ensemble. Dancing leading roles in World Premiere works there by Anna Sokolow, including “Ellis Island” and “Ride the Culture Loop”, Daniel Lewis’s “Proliferation”, and Kazuko Hirabayshi’s “Nowhere But Light”. The Washington Ballet came next. Where he danced in World Premiere works by Choo-San Goh, including “Fives” and “Synonyms”, Mary Day’s “The Nutcracker”, George Balanchine’s “Concerto Barocco”, “Serenade”, and others. Principal Dancer with The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble (Ailey II) and featured in Louis Johnson’s “The Ball” with The DC Black Repertory Dance Company are also among his credits.
Jon’s debut as a choreographer came in 1999 with his World Premiere work “The Investigation” (a solo) in the Joy of Motion Dance Project Choreographer’s Showcase. Jon has been a featured Actor and Dancer in numerous Washington regional theatre productions. Including, although not a student there, the Howard University Players. He’s also danced in the operas “Anthony and Cleopatra” and “Rusulka” while attending Juilliard, and “Lily” with the New York City Opera. “Jon Jackson/Silver City Dance” has been associated with Jon, regarding some past dance company activity in the Washington Metropolitan area. Jon’s mentors include Mike Malone, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Charles Augins, and Debbie Allen. The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Dance Magazine have also cited him over the years for outstanding performance. Jon returned to dance as an adult ballet student in 2005, to accompany his many theatrical interest and talents. He can readily be seen in class on occasional weekends at The Washington School of Ballet and more often at Maryland Youth Ballet in downtown Silver Spring, MD. during the week.
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