Jackson Calhoun began his ballet training with the UNCSA Preparatory Program in 2014. After enrolling in the UNCSA high school program and dancing under influential teachers such as Jennet Zerbe, Ilya Kozadayev, and Misha Tchoupakov, he arrived at Richmond Ballet in 2020 and now enters his second season with RBII.
Education & Training
University of North Carolina School of the Arts preparatory and high school program
What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
I began ballet training after preforming as a party child in UNCSA’s Nutcracker. It was the mixture between art and athleticism that motivated me to continue.
What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
Richmond Ballet has offered me a fantastic environment to express myself and my dancing. I love all the people, the artistic staff is knowledgeable, those who work behind the scenes are kind, and my fellow dancers motivate me daily. I also am grateful for the physical therapy practice associated with the company!
What do you like about living in Richmond?
I love the beautiful James River. Also, the old architecture and history contrasting with the modern art and activism really intrigue me. I love that there is always new food to try and music heard when walking the streets.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
When I am not dancing I am playing music, drawing, reading, sitting outside, being on the computer and enjoying my friend’s company.
Our professional company is made up of elite dancers from around the world who have helped earn Richmond Ballet critical acclaim. Dance/USA says Richmond Ballet is “a jewel among U.S. dance companies,” while The Washington Post calls it “a company to which dance fans everywhere ought to pay attention.” We’re proud of all that our company dancers bring to Richmond, and the world.
Richmond Ballet II, our second performing company, is comprised of talented young dancers between the ages of 18 and 22. RBII members perform their own diverse repertoire on tour across the Commonwealth as well as alongside the main company in mainstage productions.
Founded in 1993, the nationally recognized Richmond Ballet Trainee Program offers select advanced students a transitional experience to bridge the gap between the academic ballet setting and the world of professional dance. The Richmond Ballet Trainee Program is one of the few in this country that enables aspiring dancers to pursue formal dance training and gain valuable performance experience with a professional company.
For over 40 years, Stoner Winslett has served as the founding Artistic Director of Richmond Ballet, the first major company of professional dancers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is one of the longest tenured artistic directors of a major ballet company and one of the country’s few female artistic directors. In June 2020, acclaimed choreographer Ma Cong joined Richmond Ballet as its first ever Associate Artistic Director.
The Artistic Staff at Richmond Ballet is made up of international professionals who each bring incredible talent, expertise, and credentials to their respective roles. With impressive backgrounds and world experience, they offer a unique perspective that has helped shape our organization over the years.