Black Iris Project
Tristan Grannum is originally from Brooklyn, New York. He began training in classical ballet at the age of 14 at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and Manhattan Youth Ballet. Over the years he has trained year-round at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem where he was selected to dance in several outreach performances.
He has also attended many notable ballet summer programs on full scholarship which include the HARID Conservatory, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and Charlotte Ballet. In June 2017 he was invited to and participated the Royal Dance Grand Prix international dance competition held in Beijing, China. There he won first place in the Contemporary Ballet category.
Grannum’s professional performance credits include dancing with Brooklyn Ballet, Ballet Austin, Dayton Ballet, and the Black Iris Project. He has performed works by George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Septime Webre, Stephen Mills, and Mariana Oliveira.
Grannum has taught at several ballet/dance institutions across New York, Ohio, and Texas. He is a certified dance teacher through the Mark Morris Teacher Artist Training Program. In 2021, Grannum was chosen as an emerging dance leader for the Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training (DILT) under Peter Boal’s mentorship. He also was chosen as a School of American Ballet National Visiting Fellow for the 2021-2022 Cohort. Grannum is the Director of Dance for the Brooklyn Center for the Arts, an arts program which specializes in providing access to classical art forms for underprivileged adolescents across New York City. He is also the Artistic Director of the Judah International Dance Theater, a professional dance company that provides a platform for professional ballet and contemporary ballet dancers of color to showcase their artistry and talent.