Jack Thorpe-Baker



Born in London, England, Jack trained at the English National Ballet School on a full scholarship. As a student he worked with English National Ballet and the Stuttgart Ballet, and was a featured soloist in the film adaptation of Noel Streatfield's novel Ballet Shoes. Upon graduating Jack joined the Slovakian National Ballet. Whilst there he had the opportunity to perform a variety of principal and corps de ballet roles, in works by Jiri Kylian, James Kudelka, Paul Lightfoot/Sol Leon, George Balanchine, Youri Vamos, Fernand Nault and Mario Radacovsky, as well as the full roster of classical ballets. During this time he appeared again as a featured dancer in the BBC film adaptation of the life of Margot Fonteyn, collaborating with English National Ballet dancers and the Ballet Boyz.


Since joining the Joffrey Ballet, Jack's appearances have included the title character in Yuri Possokhov's Don Quixote, the Lead Male and Soloist Male in Julia Adam's Night, Herr Drosselmeyer in Robert Joffrey's Nutcracker, the Pas De Trois in Edwaard Liang's Woven Dreams, and roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Gerald Arpino and James Kudelka. Jack writes for the Joffrey Ballet's dancer blog, J-pointe, and has contributed articles to the Dancing Times and Dance Europe magazines.