Jonathan Leonard, Guest Faculty
Jonathan, originally from Melrose, MA, began his training at an early age under the direction of his mother, Donna Leonard. He danced at Center Stage Dance Studio until he graduated high school, while performing yearly with the Melrose Youth Ballet. Jonathan also attended summer programs at José Mateo Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet, as well as receiving adjunct training from Boston-based teachers Tony Williams and Gino DiMarco. After attending the Joffrey Ballet School’s summer program in 2014, he continued his studies in their year-round trainee program under the direction of Era Jouravlev. He had the opportunity to dance The Nutcracker Grand Pas de Deux, the White Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake, Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations, and contemporary works by Fredrick Earl Mosley. After completing his first year, Jonathan joined the Joffrey Concert Group, under the direction of Davis Robertson. While with the concert group, he toured nationally and internationally, performing in ballets such as Gerald Arpino’s Suite Saint-Säens, Dwight Rhoden’s And So It Was, Petipa’s Raymonda, and worked with contemporary choreographers Gabrielle Lamb, Roger Jeffrey, and Africa Guzmán. In the Spring of 2016, Jonathan was invited to guest perform with the newly-revived Cleveland Ballet, dancing in a new production of Coppélia, choreographed by Ramón Oller. Now in his third year at the Joffrey Ballet School, Jonathan continues to train under prestigious instructors and further his education in ballet pedagogy.