Jack Miller, born in Fort Wayne, IN, began his dance training with Fort Wayne Ballet at the age of seven. His training included summer intensives at Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Ballet in London. Jack began dancing professionally with Fort Wayne Ballet at the age of 17. He performed in works such as Gerald Arpino’s Confetti and Cinderella. In 2019, Jack moved to Richmond to join Richmond Ballet’s second company. He danced with RBII for two years until he was promoted to the main company. That same year, he also received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. With Richmond Ballet, Jack has performed in works such as Val Caniparoli’s Violin, Jerome Robbins’ In the Night, and Ma Cong’s Ershter Vals and Firebird. Jack is very excited to be starting his fifth year with Richmond Ballet.
Education & Training
Primary training at Fort Wayne Ballet and Summer Intensives at San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre
Professional Experience / Career Highlights
My first year as a professional I was coryphèe with Fort Wayne Ballet. Highlights include the solo from Eddie Stierle’s Lacrymosa which was performed in many venues including Taizhou, China. Also, I performed as the Prince Charming in Cinderella. The following two years were spent in Richmond ballet’s II. I performed in pieces such as George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Val Caniparoli’s Violin, Val Caniparoli’s Stolen Moments, and George Balanchine’s Who Cares?
What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
As a child, I was very clumsy and had a tendency to break bones in spectacular falls and tumbles. So my mother decided I could use a little grace in my life and she put me in ballet classes. I’ve fallen in love with the art ever since.
What is your favorite role that you’ve performed with Richmond Ballet?
Val Caniparoli’s Violin
What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
I thoroughly enjoy how much of a family Richmond Ballet is. Everyone is extremely friendly. We are always looking out for each other.
What do you like about living in Richmond?
The food. There are so many amazing restaurants in Richmond!
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
When I’m not on stage or in rehearsal, I enjoy cooking, playing guitar, and hanging out with my 16 year old cat, Oscar.
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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. 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.