Jonathan Jordan

An Arizona native, at age 12, Jordan began his early training at Academy Ballet of Tucson and Phoenix School
of Ballet. At 15, he left home to continue his training on full scholarship at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in
Washington, DC, under the instruction of Vladimir Djouloukhadze. Later, he completed pre-professional studies
at The Washington School of Ballet with Roudolf Kharatian. While there, the director of The Washington Ballet,
Mary Day, invited him to perform as a guest artist, beginning his professional career at age18.
Jordan joined LeJeune Ballet de France in Paris for the 2000-01 season. Returning to the USA, he became a Principal Dancer with The Washington Ballet in Washington, DC and remained a valued member of the company until 2018.  Sarah Kauffman, Washington Post Critic, called TWB premiere of Twyla Tharp’s “Push Comes to Shove”, a 1976 piece originally created for ABT showcasing Baryshnikov, “as the flute of champagne that made everything else seem like soda pop”. The iconic opening solo was danced by Jordan and described as, “his head lolling as if he’s reliving an orgiastic memory; his hips circling tightly in the velvet trousers of a pimp, or a rockstar. He slinked through it perfectly, the silky movement, the hiccuping rhythms.” In a company production of Don Quixote, Director Septime Webre, chose Jordan to partner with Cuban National
Guest Artist, Viengsay Valdes. Juana Arias, Washington Post Critic, acclaimed that “Valdes’ exquisite dancing and Jordan’s firecracker technique made for lively theater, as the couple claimed the stage!” Webre again chose Jordan to partner another former star of the Cuban National Ballet and ABT Principal, Xiomara Reyes in his production of Sleepy Hollow. Jordan was appointed Associate Director for ARKA Ballet 2007-16. In 2018
Jordan left TWB after 18 seasons to take a new direction working with world renowned choreographer, Edwaard Liang, Artistic Director of BalletMet. Currently, Jordan is BalletMet Company Rehearsal Director and continues to dance as a featured dancer. Jordan’s competitive achievements are Finalist 2000 Varna International Ballet Competition, Finalist 2000 Paris International Ballet Competition, Bronze Medalist 2003 New York International Ballet Competition, Metro DC Dance Award 2008 for Outstanding Individual Performance and the 2010 Boomerang Grant Award Recipient. During his career, Jordan has performed as a guest artist in cities throughout the world. Some of his more memorable performances were: The 850th Anniversary Celebration of Moscow at Carnegie Hall in New York City, at Metropolitan Ballet of Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, multiple years at Jacob’s Pillow with both the Trey McIntyre Project and TWB, and at Vail and Aspen Dance Festivals in Colorado. He performed with the Copenhagen International Ballet for The Sommer Ballet Project under Alexander Kolpin. Jordan danced in The Sydney Festival premier of Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses in Sydney, Australia. He has danced as a Principal Guest Artist in Yerevan, Armenia with The National Ballet of Armenia and ARKA, both companies under the direction of Roudolf Kharatian. Having performed historic principal roles from the major full length classical and contemporary ballets, Jordan’s favorites were: Balanchine’s The Prodigal Son as the son, The Tarantella, Serenade, The Four Temperaments, Allegro Brillante, Stars & Stripes, Jewels-Rubies, Theme and Variations; Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty as Prince Desire, The Nutcracker as the Cavelier, Snow King, Swan Lake as Siegfried, Le Corsaire as Ali and Conrad, and Don Quixote as Basilio; Saint-Leon’s Coppelia as Franz; Coralli & Perrot’s Giselle as Albrecht; Frederick Ashton’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Puck and Oberon, Symphonic Variations as Turning Boy; Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet, as Romeo and Mercutio; Christopher Bruce’s Rooster; Seven Sonatas by Alexei Ratmansky; In The MIddle by William Forsythe; Antony Tudor’s Lilac Garden as The Lover; danced The Rabbit, created for Jordan in Septime Webre’s Alice in Wonderland; Nacho Duato’s Cor Perdut; Mark Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes and Pacifica; Kylian’s Petite Mort. Jordan has worked around the globe under the direction of revered directors, choreographers, and repetiteurs including: Sir Anthony Dowell, Edward Villella, William Forsythe, Reid Anderson, Edward Liang, Julie Kent, Victor Barbee, Ann Marie Holmes, Trey McIntyre, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexander Kolpin, Roudolf Kharatian, Septime Webre, Mary Day, Mark Morris, Amanda McKerrow, John Gardner, Jerome Robbins, Ala Sisova, Oleg Vinogradov, Susan Farrell, Paul Taylor, Jiri Kylian, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Vladimir Djouloukhadze, Ethan Stiefel, Fred Kelly, and Gus Giordano. While at TWB, Jordan performed at the White House for children of military families by invitation of President Bush on two occasions and participated in First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Move to Create a Healthier Generation” Children’s Program. He has danced at world embassies and for heads of state. Jordan danced in a national TV commercial promoting the District of Columbia. He was chosen by TWB to appear in a magazine photo spread for a national retail company. Jordan was selected to participate in a four week residency program at the Mikhail Baryshnikov White Oak Dance Project Compound in Florida, offered yearly to no more than 20 artists in support of their creative investigation. Jordan taught class for The Washington Ballet School, BalletMet School of Ballet, summer intensive programs, and private coaching. He has directed company class for TWB and BalletMet. He believes that passing on his knowledge is key to the continuity and preservation of the Art of Ballet. Married to BalletMet Company Member, Francesca Dugarte Jordan, they have partnered together in many roles over the years, including that of parents to their son, Alexander.