Leiland Charles

Hometown: Columbia, Md.
Previously with: Alberta Ballet
Favorite meal: Ackee and codfish with Jamaican-fried dumplings
Surprising fact: I am half Jamaican and half Guyanese.

Leiland Charles was born in Baltimore, Md. He first stepped into a dance studio at the age of three. He began dancing with The Howard County Ballet, in Ellicott City, Md. under the direction of Kathi Ferguson. He has attended summer dance programs at The Rock School For Dance Education and Springboard Danse Montreal. Mr. Charles furthered his artistic training at The Juilliard School where he received his BFA in 2014. While at Juilliard, he performed works by Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Pina Bausch and many others. He has gone on tour with Juilliard Dance to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform in the International Festival and was featured in the March 2013 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine with world-renowned Anatomy professor, Irene Dowd. Since joining Alberta Ballet, Mr. Charles’ favorite roles have included: Red Couple in Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land, Benvolio in Jean Grand-Maître’s Romeo & Juliet and Her Cavalier in Edmund Stripe’s The Nutcracker.