Jeff Edwards is a former leading dancer with New York City Ballet, Zürich Ballet, and Lyon Opera Ballet. During his years as a performer (1983-98), he created original roles in dances by Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, and Bill T. Jones. Mr. Edwards has taught for conservatories and professional ballet companies around the world including American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Cedar Lake Ensemble, Boston Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Norwegian National Ballet, and Royal Ballet School. He has lectured at Yale, U.C.L.A., and Williams College and has taught ballet at Harvard College and Cornell, Princeton, and Brown universities. As a student at Brown, Mr. Edwards designed and taught a course on contemporary dance repertory. He helped produce several dance documentaries with Dance in America at PBS and is featured in The Balanchine Essays, a guide to Balanchine technique. In 2001, he became the director of education at Twyla Tharp Dance. In 2002, Mr. Edwards worked and studied for a year under Michael Kaiser at the Kennedy Center on an arts management fellowship; then served as associate artistic director of the Washington Ballet and later in the same position for Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company. He was also resident choreographer with the Broadway musical Billy Elliot.
Mr. Edwards has been on faculty with the Juilliard School since 2012.