Terace Jones

Pacific Northwest Ballet: Apprentice (1989-1990)
Feld Ballet (1990)
Washington Ballet (1988-1991)
Béjart Ballet Lausanne (1992-1994)
Joffrey Ballet (1996-2000)
Atlanta Ballet

Photo via Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Born ca. 1968, Terace Jones grew up in foster homes in his hometown of Washington DC. Jones was inspired to perform by the television show Fame and began his training at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he took ballet, Graham, jazz, and tap, among other techniques. His teachers and supporters were Sandra Fortune Green and Lynn Welters.

Jones spent three summers studying at the School of American Ballet (where he was classmates with Shawn Landers, Cedric Rouse, and Albert Evans) and also trained at the Washington School of Ballet.

After working as an apprentice at Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1989 to 1990, Jones joined Feld Ballet, with which he toured Switzerland and Scandinavia. The following year, he danced with Washington Ballet, performing pieces by Choo San Goh, George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, and Fernand Nault as well as a lead role in Carmina Burana at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

With Béjart Ballet Lausanne, where he was a member from 1992 to 1994, Jones performed notable Béjart works such as The Rite of Spring, Firebird, and The Ring.

In the mid-1990s, he danced with Atlanta Ballet and at the Moulin Rouge in France before joining the Joffrey Ballet in 1996. With the Joffrey, Jones’ repertoire included Gerald Arpino’s Foot Notes for Robert Joffrey, Light Rain, and Round of Angels; David Parsons’ Caught; and Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table as well as pieces by Ann Reinking, Laura Dean, and Margo Sappington.

Jones left the Joffrey in 2000 and has also danced with Donald Byrd/The Group.

His movie credits include The Producers (2005), Across the Universe (2007), and The Family (2020). He has appeared on Broadway in Dance of the Vampires (2002), Hot Feet (2006), and Fosse, the latter of which earned Jones a nomination for a Helen Hayes Award for Featured Performer in a Musical.

Since his performing career, Jones has worked as a sales associate and specialist, dance instructor, and choreographer.


Terace Jones, IMDB
Terace Jones Biography, Broadway World
The Dancer, Leaping Out of His Past, The Washington Post
Featured Alumni, Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Smart moves lead dancer back to classical ballet, The Atlanta Constitution
Terace Jones, Playbill

See also:

Dance plans some homestyle carbo loading, The Atlanta Constitution

Social media:

Instagram @teracejones
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Twitter @jonesterace

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