Principal dancer and soloist, choreographer, and faculty member, Jeffery Bullock is a renowned member of the dance world. He attended UNC School of the Arts and began his professional dance career with North Carolina Dance Theatre, now Charlotte Ballet. He later performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Sharir + Bustamante DanceWorks. His choreography has earned accolades. Jeffery serves as a mentor to aspiring dancers in his work with schools and festivals nationally and internationally. He earned his M.F.A. in choreography from the University of Iowa and has taught at several renowned universities. Jeffery currently serves at Hollins University as associate professor, chair of Hollins’ dance program, and director of the M.F.A. program. His influence at Charlotte Ballet continues through the work of Sarah Ingel, choreographer and production staff member, and Audrey Baran, choreographer and Academy instructor, who both attended Hollins and received instruction from him. Sarah says, “Jeffery Bullock has been influential in my journey as an artist! As a teacher, he encourages his students to push the boundaries of how we see and experience ballet as an art form. From teaching excerpts of Balanchine to leading challenging and inspiring discussions, I have so much respect for his knowledge, curiosity, and generosity. Thank you for your artistry, Jeffery!” On how Jeffery influences her work, Audrey says, “The hard work and accomplishments that bolstered Jeffery throughout his career definitely come through in his teaching and mentorship. He challenged all of us to constantly re-emerge as the best artist, maker, collaborator, and researcher possible through stern encouragement and underlying compassion. In my experience, Jeffery works tirelessly to actively shape a dance world where equity, representation, and innovation are not the exception, but the standard.”
Photo from Over The Waves – Stowell/Pacific Northwest Ballet (1987). Photo courtesy of Jeffery Bullock.