John Gardner started dancing at the age of eleven at Greensboro Performing Arts in North Carolina. After graduating high school, he studied at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet for two years on the male scholarship program where he studied under Marcia Dale Weary, Nicolas Ade, and Darla Hoover. He has a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts.
John has performed in the roles of Cavalier, Snow King, and Drosselmeyer in Ethan Stiefel’s “The Nutcracker”, and Siegfried in Act 2 of “Swan Lake” with GPA. Additional performances include Motel in “Tradition”, a ballet adaptation of “Fiddler on the Roof”, Black Swan Pas de Deux in Alexei Kremnev's “Carnival of the Animals", and Prince Desire in “Sleeping Beauty”. He has guested in several ballets along the east coast, and especially in the Carolinas where the people sound like home. His passions are storytelling and acting. He loves it when ballet enables him to do both.