Jason Davis, Academy Principal and The Portland Ballet, is a native of Tucson, Arizona, where he began his dance training with Mary-Beth Cabana at Ballet Arts. He attended numerous summer dance programs, including the Kirov Academy of Ballet (under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov), School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and Ballet Aspen. He joined the Universal Ballet Academy (Kirov Academy) at age fifteen. In 1992 he entered the San Francisco Ballet School and after one year he joined the company. For eleven seasons Jason performed with SFB in many classic ballets as well as choreography originated by Mark Morris, Stanton Welch, Yuri Possokov, James Kudelka, William Forsythe, and Helgi Tomasson, among others.
Jason has been teaching ballet for more than fifteen years and is licensed by the State of Oregon. He guest teaches on various faculties, including Boston Ballet School, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Vancouver Dance Theatre, Columbia Dance Ensemble, the Northwest Dance Project, and Repertory Ballet of New Mexico. Jason directs the Young Musicians and Artists Summer Program. Currently he is the ballet teacher at Arts and Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) in Beaverton and is the ballet master for Dance West, ACMA’s pre-professional youth company. He is also on the faculty of the Northwest Dance Project and is the academy principal of The Portland Ballet (TPB).
Jason enjoys setting and creating works for TPB and ACMA as well as creating works for the Oregon Symphony’s Kids Concerts. Jason has directed and choreographed productions for the Vancouver Dance Theatre, including the full-length Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Swan Lake Act III, and Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra.