The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts Principal Dancer


Coral Springs, Florida

Dance Training

Ballet Nova of South Florida
Gwinnett Ballet Theatre
Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy
Houston Ballet II

Year Joined



Principal - 2017
First Soloist - 2013
Soloist - 2011
Demi Soloist - 2009

Favorite Ballet

Ghost Dances

A Defining Moment

The night I was promoted to principal on stage dancing Cinderella, my (at the time fiancée) now husband, parents, and in-laws had all traveled to attend that one show. The odds of them being present for that special night was so rare. They were my biggest fans and supporters and sharing that moment with them meant everything.


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.  She was promoted to principal in March 2017.

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 Seasons; Christopher Bruce's Rooster, Hush, Sergeant Early's Dreams, and Grinning In Your Face; Jirí Kylián’s Forgotten Land, Svadebka, Petit Mort, Falling Angels, and Sinfonietta; William Forsythe'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 performed such roles as Suzuki in Stanton Welch's Madame Butterfly, Carabosse in Ben Stevenson's The 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, Aszure Barton's Angular Momentum, Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit and Reflections, Garrett Smith’s Reveal and Disha Zhang’s Elapse.  She originated many roles in Stanton Welch’s premiere works such as Bathilde in Giselle, Madame du Barry in Marie, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Artemis in Sylvia, Just, Sons de L’âme and The Rite of Spring.

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. 

Jessica Collado often shines in soulful roles. But for Christopher Bruce’s Grinning In Your Face, inspired by Dorothea Lange’s Depression-era photographs, Collado stripped away the pretty to arrive at a raw, bare-bones place in her dancing. It felt equally authentic and poetic.

Nancy Wozny

Pointe Magazine


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