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Jackson Dwyer


Born in Montreal, Canada, Jackson Dwyer trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and The John Cranko School in Stuttgart. He danced with The National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Arizona, and Hong Kong Ballet before joining Northern Ballet in 2022.

Jackson's repertory highlights include James in La Sylphide, the Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Blue Bird and Jewels in The Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois and Neapolitan in Swan Lake, Benvolio and Paris in Romeo and Juliet, Lewis Carroll and Mad Hatter in ALICE (in wonderland), and principal roles in George Balanchine’s Apollo, Symphony in 3 Movements, and Emeralds. Jackson has worked with distinguished choreographers such as John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon, among others.

Jackson Dwyer received the Lawrence Haskett Scholarship and the Peter Dwyer Award in 2009 and was a 2010 Young Arts National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts winner.

Jackson is sponsored by Linda & John Topott.

Male dancer in arabesque, one arm in front and another behind him as he rehearses

Learn more about Jackson

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Montreal, Canada. I left to study ballet in Toronto when I turned 11 so I feel that I grew up in the city.

At what age did you start dancing?

I started dancing, and not just ballet, around 9.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

Something quick so I don’t stay up to late! During performances I’m particularly mindful about getting enough rest and fueling myself with the right food.

Career highlights

Performing Apollo. I feel very fortunate to have learnt this iconic role and be coached by Ib Andersen who was the last person Balanchine taught it to. It was also my first principal role so the whole experience has a special place in my heart.

Photos taken by Emily Nuttall.