John’s passion for dance began at the young age of 11, after the encouragement of his sister Sonia to take his first ballet class at BalletMet in Columbus, OH, under the artistic direction of John McFall. His dance training served as a passport to the world enabling him to go on full scholarship to School of American Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, and Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail, Colorado. Beginning his professional career at 16, he’s had the opportunity to work with many renowned choreographers originating numerous new roles as well as performing principal roles across the classical and contemporary dance repertoire: including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle, Everyman in James Kudelka’s Four Seasons, Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas, and Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 to name a few. While sustaining a busy dance career, John founded and directed Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi, a public contemporary dance initiative beginning in 2010, which commissioned 35 new works over the course of its seven-year history. With an interest in deepening his perspective of dance and leadership in the arts, John attended Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts and Coles College of Business earning him academic honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance and a Masters of Business Administration. Currently serving as Director of Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, John desires to cultivate a deeper public appreciation for the arts by empowering those who create and aspire.