Jill Schwartz
Jill received her training at the Academy of Ballet Internationale in Indianapolis, Indiana and the Orlando Ballet School in Orlando, Florida. While in Indiana, she frequently performed with Ballet Internationale, both at home and on tour, traveling to Taiwan for their production of The Sleeping Beauty. She was accepted into the Orlando Ballet School Trainee Program under Fernando Bujones and Peter Stark and was later promoted to an apprentice under the direction of Bruce Marks. While there, she expanded her repertoire by performing in many major ballets, such as Swan Lake, La Fille Mal Gardee, George Balanchine’s Serenade, and Twyla Tharp’s Waterbaby Bagatelles. She also had the wonderful opportunity to perform at NY City Center in the Youth America Grand Prix Gala in Laurie Jones' Drigo. Jill went on to dance with Festival Ballet Providence as well as Rochester City Ballet.
She joined Ballet Quad Cities in 2011, and has enjoyed dancing a variety of roles in works by choreographers Deanna Carter, Elie Lazar, and Emily Kate Long including Lucy in Carter’s Dracula and The Magician in Long’s Petrushka. She has also been featured in several of Artistic Director Courtney Lyon’s productions, performing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Good Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, and most recently Princess Tsarevna in The Firebird. This is Jill’s sixth season with Ballet Quad Cities.