Santa Monica, California
John Todd, a native of the Carolinas, received his training at North Carolina School of the Arts and The Hungarian State Ballet, both on full scholarship. He has danced with such companies as Houston Ballet, where he received the Michael Wasmund Award for most outstanding dancer, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and as a soloist with Fort Worth Ballet and Hartford Ballet.
Mr. Todd was in the original cast of “Movin’ Out” on Broadway, and has performed in “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway as well as the national tour. Television credits include: “Bourbon Street” (series regular), “Days of Our Lives,” “As the World Turns,” “Sex and the City,” “Ronna and Beverly,” and “Law and Order.” Film credits include: “Jack the Giant Slayer,” “The Muppets,” “Gnomio and Juliet,” “Alpha and Omega,” “Jackass Number Two,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Sironia,” and “Spells” (with John Lithgow).
He was the lead in the Sundance awarded play “The Studio,” and has also been fortunate to perform in various venues in Europe and England including the role of “Peter Quince” in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Sadler’s Wells in London and “Romeo” in Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” for German Television.
John has also choreographed numerous commercials, industrials, musicals, and has worked on many television and stage shows throughout the world. Working with such greats as Agnes DeMille, Nacho Duato, Melissa Hayden, Twyla Tharp, and Robert Zemeckis has taught John a tremendous amount about being well versed in all forms of the Arts.
Westside Ballet mourns the loss of John in April 2020. He will always be remembered by hundreds of students for his exceptional teaching.