Children’s Division Principal
Starting dance at the age of 16, Jason Ambrose, of Virginia Beach, VA., began his studies at the Virginia Beach Ballet Academy under the direction of Ana Maria Martinez. He furthered his training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School where he danced roles in company productions such as Terrance Orr’s The Nutcracker and Derek Deane’s Alice in Wonderland. Several prestigious year-round and summer ballet programs have accepted him, including The Bolshoi Ballet Academy and The Kirov Academy of Ballet. In addition to Hector Zaraspe and Marina Stavitskaya, Jason studied closely with Deborah Wingert, Daniel Ulbricht, Andrei Bossov, Edward Ellison, and Peter O’Brian.
Jason has been recognized as “a rapidly rising choreographic talent”. His work has been featured in the annual Dance Against Cancer Benefit Gala (NYC), and the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition Closing Gala. He has choreographed for and coached numerous Top Three winners in the YAGP Contemporary and Classical Solo Categories. He was also a coach to the 2020 Prix de Lausanne Second Prize Winner. Jason received the 2020 WBAC Grand Prix Outstanding Teacher Award and served as a jury member for the 2021 San Francisco Dance Film Fest.
As an instructor he has been a guest faculty member and choreographer for the Manhattan Youth Ballet, Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, Oklahoma City Ballet School, Dancers Give Back Dallas, SoulEscape, and Adrenaline Dance Convention. Jason worked as Ballet Director for Next Step Dance Performing Arts Center in Frisco, Texas and Canadian Dance Company in Oakville, Ontario.
Jason was personally invited by St. Petersburg Conservatory Dean and former Mariinsky (Kirov Ballet) Director, Oleg Vinogradov, to St. Petersburg, Russia as the first African American to enroll in their Ballet Masters and Choreographers Degree Program and to dance with the Ballet Theatre of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. He is currently Artist in Residence at Elite Classical Coaching and Children’s Division Principal at the San Francisco Ballet School.