Jessica Collado, First Soloist
Coral Springs, Florida
Gwinnett Ballet Theater
Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy
Ballet Nova of South Florida
Joined the Company
Promoted to Demi Soloist
Promoted to Soloist
Promoted to First Soloist
One defining moment…
When I received the Michael Wasmund Memorial Award upon spring graduation with Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy.
Jessica Collado was born in Coral Springs, Florida and was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She trained with the Gwinnett Ballet Theater under the direction of Lisa Sheppard Robson. During her summers, Ms. Collado attended programs at South Carolina University and Boston Ballet. Between 2001-2003, Ms. Collado attended Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy Summer Intensives as well as a year with Houston Ballet II on full scholarship. Upon her graduation from the academy in the spring of 2004, she received the Michael Wasmund Memorial Award. Ms. Collado joined Houston Ballet as an apprentice in July 2004, was promoted to a corps de ballet member in July 2005, to demi soloist in March 2009, to soloist in July 2011, and to first soloist July 2013.
Some of Ms. Collado's more featured roles in rep pieces include the lead purple girl in Stanton Welch's Red Earth and Summer in his Four Season's; Christopher Bruce's Rooster, Hush, Sergeant Early's Dreams, and Grinning In Your Face; Jiri Kylian's Forgotten Land, Svadebka, Petit Mort, Falling Angels, and Sinfonietta; William Forsyth's In The Middle Somewhat Elevated and Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Nacho Duato's Jardi Tancat; George Balanchine's Ballo della Regina, Jewels, and Ballet Imperial; Jerome Robbins' The Concert, Fancy Free, and In The Night; Mark Morris' Sandpaper Ballet, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, and Pacific; and Twyla Tharp's In The Upper Room. She has gotten to perform Suzuki in Stanton Welch's Madame Butterfly, Carabosse in Ben Stevenson's Sleeping Beauty, Effie in Johnny Eliason's staging of La Sylphide, and the Mistress in Sir Kenneth MacMillian's Manon. Ms. Collado was also created on in premieres such as Nicolo Fonte's See(k), Brian Enos' Dark and Lovely Mmm..., Jorma Elo's ONE/end/ONE, and Aszure Barton's Angular Momentum.
In 2009, Ms. Collado was named "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine. And she was awarded "Top 10 Standout Performances in 2011" by Pointe Magazine for her performance in Christopher Bruce's Grinning In Your Face.
Ms. Collado has also had the privilege of performing with Houston based company iMEE and San Francisco based company Post:Ballet.
Headshot by Amitava Sarkar.