AARON JACKSON

 

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Johnson City, Tennessee, Aaron Jackson began his dance training at the age of ten, with Susan Pace-White at Holloway Dancing School.  He attended summer intensives on full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School, The School of Pennsylvania Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet School.   Mr. Jackson attended the Summer Course at the School of American Ballet (SAB)  before enrolling as a full time student in the Fall 1998.  In 2000, Mr. Jackson was invited by Arthur Mitchell to join The Dance Theatre of Harlem.   He then joined The Washington Ballet under Septime Webre in 2001.   After eight seasons at The Washington Ballet, he joined Company C Contemporary Ballet in San Francisco for two seasons.  Mr. Jackson retired from performing in 2010 and returned to Washington D.C.   Throughout his career, Mr. Jackson danced featured roles in many ballets.  His repertory included George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Allegro Brillante and Four Temperaments, Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved, William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Twyla Tharp’s Surfer at the River Styx, Arthur Mitchell’sFirebird, Laveen Naidu’s South African Suite, and Geoffrey Holder’s Dougla.  Jackson began teaching at The Washington School of Ballet in 2010 and joined the faculty of The Dance Institute of Washington in 2019.   He was previously on the faculty of the Jones/Haywood School of Dance and the Berrend Dance Centre.  Jackson has also taught at The Ballet Alliance, Tennessee Association of Dance, City Youth Ballet, Tennessee.  Internationally, he has taught at Tanzwerk 101, Tanz Akademie, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zürich, Musical Factory, Lucerne, and Tanzkompanie des Theaters St. Gallen, St. Gallen.   Mr. Jackson was a 2017/2018 National Visiting Fellow at SAB and currently serves on SAB's Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity & Inclusion. 

 

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Aaron Jackson’s ballet classes are structured and technique-focused, for students who want to work to their full potential by receiving guidance and corrections throughout an energetic class.  Jackson’s classes are inspired by both his training at  The School of American Ballet and his subsequent professional experience.   Jackson often has students focused forward throughout the barre in order to work both sides of the body evenly; his class is for those eager to adapt to their surroundings. With structured barre and centre work, Jackson challenges students at varying levels to achieve the best in their pursuit of clean and consistent ballet technique.  The environment he creates in the classroom is engaging, and passionate.