Featured Roles Since Joining NYCB

George Balanchine
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • Episodes
  • Firebird
  • The Four Temperaments
  • "Diamonds" from Jewels
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • "Emeralds" from Jewels
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ (Cavalier, Hot Chocolate, Mother Ginger, Dr. Stahlbaum)
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lysander, Cavalier)
  • Monumentum pro Gesualdo
  • Movements for Piano and Orchestra
  • Orpheus
  • Prodigal Son
  • Serenade
  • Symphony in C (First Movement)
  • Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Vienna Waltzes
  • Western Symphony (First Movement)
Mauro Bigonzetti
  • Vespro
Peter Martins
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • A Fool for You (Rockhouse)
  • Naïve and Sentimental Music
  • Octet
  • Romeo + Juliet (Friar Lawrence)
  • River of Light
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Désiré, Gold)
  • Songs of the Auvergne
  • Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried, Pas de Quatre, Spanish)
  • The Waltz Project
Jerome Robbins
  • 2 & 3 Part Inventions
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Fancy Free
  • Fanfare (Double Bass)
  • I'm Old Fashioned
  • Interplay
  • In The Night
  • Les Noces
Susan Stroman
  • "Makin' Whoopee" from Double Feature
Christopher Wheeldon
  • Les Carillons
  • Klavier
  • Polyphonia

Originated featured roles in

  • Mauro Bigonzetti: Luce Nascosta
  • Peter Martins: Bal de Couture, Romeo + Juliet (Paris)
  • Alexei Ratmansky: Russian Seasons

Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Jonathan Stafford began his dance training at the age of eight with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. Mr. Stafford entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet full time in the fall of 1997. Mr. Stafford was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in October 1998 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in February 1999. In March of 2006 he was promoted to soloist. Mr. Stafford was promoted to principal dancer in May 2007.


Mr. Stafford received the Martin E. Segal Award from the School of American Ballet in 1999.

Film Credits

His film work includes Columbia Pictures' Center Stage.

Additional Information

Mr. Stafford is the brother of NYCB Principal Dancer Abi Stafford.

Portrait © Paul Kolnik