Hometown: Dallas, TX
Education & Training: Dallas Ballet Center, Ballet Academy of Texas, School of American Ballet. Current Sinclair CC Student, HS Graduate of Professional Performing Arts School, NY
My Friends Call Me: “Big Bad Jon”, which comes from a Jimmy Dean song called “Big Bad John”
What is your favorite Dayton Ballet memory?
I had an absolute blast performing Carmen back in February 2020. That ballet was so high energy and high passion, that was probably the most fun I have had on stage with Dayton Ballet.
What teachers or mentors inspired you the most?
Thom Clower gave me a real joy and passion for ballet. Jock Soto gave me dynamics and sensitivity in ballet. Carinne Binda showed me precision and the highest possible attention to detail.
Do you participate in any sports?
I do road cycling.
Do you have any pets?
I have one kitten named Theodore Murtagh Fitzwilliam.
What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?
Ask tons of questions and listen to people who also ask tons of questions! There is so much to learn and explore just by being curious.
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Jonathan Harris proudly hails from Dallas, Texas, where he received his early ballet training with Thom Clower, Jason Fowler, and the Dallas Ballet Center. In high school, he relocated to New York City to study with Jock Soto at the School of American Ballet. With the Balanchine aesthetic firmly ingrained in his dancing DNA, he took great pride when he performed Cortège Hongrois and Le Tombeau de Couperin in SAB’s annual Workshop Performance. Upon graduation, Jonathan spent a year each as a trainee with the Washington Ballet and then a second company member with BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. He joined the Sacramento Ballet as a company member in 2015 and danced there for the next 4 years. Jonathan has enjoyed a diverse performance career including Sugar Plum Cavalier in Ron Cunningham’s The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Tarantella and Donizetti Variations, and a large variety of ballets by Septime Webre, Edwaard Liang, Brian Enos, Ron Cunningham, Stephen Mills, Ma Cong, Penny Saunders, Adam Hougland, Val Caniparoli, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Jonathan has also performed twice with National Choreographer’s Initiative, and in his free time he enjoys training and racing as an amateur cyclist.