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Born in Montreal, Canada, Jackson Dwyer trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and John Cranko School in Stuttgart. He danced with The National Ballet of Canada and Ballet Arizona before joining Hong Kong Ballet in 2019 as a Coryphée.
With HKB, Dwyer’s repertory highlights include the Pas de Trois in George Balanchine’s Emeralds, Neapolitan and Pas de Quatre in John Meehan’s Swan Lake. In productions choreographed by Septime Webre, Dwyer has danced Benny in Romeo + Juliet, Lewis Carroll and Mad Hatter in ALICE (in wonderland) and the pirate Cecco in Peter Pan. H Before joining HKB, he danced James in La Sylphide, the Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty and the lead role in George Balanchine’s Apollo and Symphony in 3 Movements. Dwyer has worked with distinguished choreographers such as John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon, among others.
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.
1. Why do you Dance?
I dance, because I love it.
2. Why did you start dancing?
I started dancing as an after school activity. I have an older sister who danced, and we would take classes at the same small local studio.
3. What was the first ballet you ever performed?
Like many children in North America, the first ballet I performed in was The Nutcracker.
4. What is the most challenging ballet you have danced, and what made it so challenging?
Each ballet presents its own challenges whether artistically, technically or another factor. Tackling these challenges is what helps us grow as artists, and it’s a very rewarding process. George Balanchine’s Apollo is probably the most challenging ballet I’ve danced. It was my first principal role, you have to carry the ballet, there’s a lot of dancing and you don’t leave the stage.
5. How do you unwind after a show?
After the exertion of a performance, I usually have worked up a healthy appetite, so I’ll have a late meal and a drink. Getting clean, putting my legs up and doing either a bit of light reading or watching TV helps me to unwind.
6. What is your favourite food?
I love pasta. I enjoying cooking and have a couple delicious recipes up my sleeve.
7. What are your hobbies?
One of my hobbies is soccer, or football, depending on where you’re from. I enjoy watching matches and follow a team in the English Premier League.
8. Who is your favorite dancer who has inspired you?
I enjoy watching videos of many different dancers because I believe you can learn something from everyone. I think Baryshnikov and Nureyev are probably the greatest male dancers of the 20th century, so it’s hard as a male dancer not to be inspired by them. I also really enjoy how the dancers of the Paris Opera use their port de bras - they're so coordinated!