Sterling Heights, Mich.
At Nashville Ballet since 2000
Jon Upleger began training seriously in 1997 under the direction of Petrus Bosman and David Keener at the Virginia School of the Arts. Upon graduation, he received the school's prestigious Dean's Award and then joined Nashville Ballet as an Apprentice in 2000.
During his time at Nashville Ballet, Jon has performed roles from such varied repertoire as Romeo in Paul Vasterling's Romeo & Juliet, the Cavalier in Nashville’s Nutcracker, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake and Albrecht in Giselle.
Other leading roles include Salvatore Aiello's Satto, Sarah Slipper's Ploughing the Dark, Vasterling's Awaiting Redemption, the Protagonist in Vasterling’s Firebird, Twyla Tharp's Sinatra Suite and Vasterling’s Cinderella.
In addition to performing with Nashville Ballet’s company, Jon also performs with Configurations Dance Theater in New York, Missouri Ballet Theater and Terpsicorps Theater of Dance in Asheville, N.C. He also recently taught men’s class and pas de deux to students from across the country at Nashville Ballet’s Summer Intensive.
If he is ever not dancing or teaching dance, Jon is watching his favorite football teams in person or on screen.