Choreographer Spotlight

BalletX featured choreographer

Jamar Roberts

Jamar Roberts was the resident choreographer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 2019-2022 where he also danced as a company member from 2002-2021. In 2023, the Vail Dance Festival commissioned Eros & Psyche by Jamar set to the music of Philip Glass, as performed by Brooklyn Rider. See the Philadelphia premiere of this new work at Fall Series 2023!

Choreographic Fellowship

Nicola Wills, BalletX’s 2024 Choreographic Fellow, will premiere her new ballet at Spring Series 2024. Nicola will work under the mentorship of choreographer Jennifer Archibald. The Choreographic Fellowship is made possible with generous support from the Wyncote Foundation, at the recommendation of David Haas.

2023-2024 CHOREOGRAPHIC fellow

Nicola Wills

Nicola Wills hails from Adelaide, South Australia. She has danced with Ballet Dortmund and Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (FKA: Royal Ballet of Flanders).

While continuing to dance and choreograph, Nicola is currently studying a part-time Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of South Australia, to aid her understanding of the human condition as she seeks to create nuanced work that is socially and emotionally relevant.

2023-2024 mentor

Jennifer Archibald

Jennifer Archibald is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company. She has choreographed for Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Ballet West, Sacramento Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet, among many others.

Jennifer is currently an Acting Lecturer at the Yale School of Drama and was appointed as Guest Faculty Lecturer to develop the Hip Hop dance curriculum at Columbia/Barnard College.