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, Jessica attended programs at South Carolina University and Boston Ballet. Between 2001-2003, Jessica 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. Jessica 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 Jessica’s more featured roles in rep pieces include the lead purple girl in Stanton Welch’s Red Earthand Summer in his Four Seasons; 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 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. Jessica 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, Jessica 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.
Jessica has also had the privilege of performing with Houston based company iMEE. This is her third summer season performing with Post:Ballet, where she has danced in Dekkers’ Happiness of Pursuit, When in Doubt, Sixes and Seven and Interference Pattern.
Photo by Daniel O’Neill