Houston Ballet Promotes Jessica Collado To Principal Dancer
Houston Ballet is proud to announce that Artistic Director Stanton Welch AM has promoted Jessica Collado to Principal dancer. Formally a First-Soloist, Ms. Collado was promoted on the evening of March 10, 2017 after starring in Stanton Welch's production of Cinderella in the title role.
"I am thrilled to be able to promote Jessica Collado to the rank of Principal at Houston Ballet. Jessica's complete devotion to the art form, her rich, detailed characters and her warm and encouraging personality make her a favorite, not just of audiences but of guest stagers, teachers and choreographers. Rarely a ballet is created here that she is not a pivotal part of, working with choreographers such as Christopher Bruce, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian and Justin Peck. She is one of the most requested dancers by visiting choreographers. This is a much deserved recognition of her talent and impact here at Houston Ballet." - Stanton Welch AM
Ms. Collado was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and trained with the Gwinnett Ballet Theater, attending programs at South Carolina University and Boston Ballet during her summers. Between 2001-2003, Ms. Collado attended Houston Ballet's Academy Summer Intensives and spent a year with Houston Ballet II on full a scholarship, and upon her graduation from the academy in the spring of 2004, she received the Michael Wasmund Memorial Award. Ms. Collado joined Houston Ballet as an Apprentice in July 2004, was promoted to a Corps de Ballet member in July 2005, to Demi Soloist in March 2009, to Soloist in July 2011, and to First-Soloist July 2013.
About Houston Ballet
Houston Ballet has evolved into a company of 59 dancers with a budget of $33.2 million (making it the United States' fifth largest ballet company by number of dancers), a state-of-the-art performance space built especially for the company, Wortham Theater Center, the largest professional dance facility in America, Houston Ballet's $46.6 million Center for Dance which opened in April 2011, and an endowment of just over $70 million (as of January 2017).
Australian choreographer Stanton Welch AM has served as artistic director of Houston Ballet since 2003, raising the level of the company's classical technique and commissioning many new works from dance makers such as Christopher Bruce, Jorma Elo, James Kudelka, Trey McIntyre, Julia Adam, Natalie Weir, Nicolo Fonte, and Edwaard Liang. Executive Director James Nelson serves as the administrative leader of the company, a position he assumed in February 2012 after serving as the company's General Manager for over a decade.