Mahallia Ward



Mahallia Ward is from Austin, Texas.  She received her training from her mother and at the Slavin Nadal School of Ballet on scholarship. During her freshman year of high school, she moved to Boca Raton, Florida to attend the Harid Conservatory on full scholarship. While at the Harid, she trained with Victoria Schneider, Olivier Pardina, and Svetlana Osiyeva and danced lead roles in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Raymonda, and contemporary works by Mark Godden. She was awarded the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Education Fellowship, the Ruth Nelson Kraft Award, and the Fred Lieberman Award for Excellence. She graduated from Harid after three years and received a scholarship to study in The Joffrey Ballet's trainee program under the instruction of Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik.  During her year in the program, she danced lead roles in Alexei Kremnev's Nutcracker Suite, Fire Bird, Blue Velvet and The Sleeping Beauty.

Since joining The Joffrey Ballet in 2011, Mahallia has danced significant roles in Gerald Arpino’s The Nutcracker, Wayne McGregor’s Infra, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, Jerome Robin’s Interplay, Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, and Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31.  Other repertoire includes Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Kurt Jooss’s Green Table, Stanton Welch’s Son of Chamber Symphony, Lar Lubovitch’s Othello, Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, and Stanton Welch’s La Bayadere.