Aaron Jackson
Teacher Coach



"My journey with Aaron Jackson and The Jackson Method has been one of enriching transformation, self-discovery, and growth. Aaron’s distinctive and unambiguous approach to teaching ballet technique not only provides an avenue for learning, but also serves as a gateway for unlocking the full potential of us all, because of the deeply encouraging and nurturing environment he creates. Aaron’s unwavering passion and dedication to this art form is inspiring. He is a teacher who is truly invested in my personal development and the development of all of his students, and has a genuine interest in seeing us fully live and thrive in our dancing. He knows each student by name, celebrates our successes, embraces our potential, and motivates us to face our challenges without fear. He knows exactly what to say to help us move forward. I am forever grateful to have found my way to his classes. He has had a profound impact on me as a dancer and teacher, and I eagerly anticipate furthering my development under his expert guidance, instruction, and coaching.
Thank you, Aaron."

        ―        Raina Lucas, April 2024


"Over 10 years ago, I wandered into Aaron Jackson’s class curious to see if it called me back to my study of ballet. As an older student, I was not sure I was up for the challenges I had welcomed as a younger dancer. I knew from the first exercises at the barre that I had found something very special and unique.  Aaron truly teaches his classes, instead of just setting a series of exercises for students to execute. His classes are full of a great love of and respect for the art of ballet.  While his classes emphasize proper technique, they also stress the importance of artistry, musicality, and the flow of movement.  In his classes, I feel that I dance, rather than just execute steps. The atmosphere in Aaron’s classes is always positive and supportive, and he encourages all his students to explore their artistic expression and to challenge themselves.  I feel very fortunate that I have had the opportunity to study with such a wonderful artist and inspiring teacher."

        ―        Eleanor Young, April 2024

"I am truly blessed to be able to learn, practice, and enjoy the art of ballet - thanks to the amazing AARON JACKSON! My ballet training began at age 45 and I am forever grateful to have found Aaron's Adult Ballet Classes.  Ballet is HARD but when learning from Aaron anyone can learn correct ballet form.  I have come to love ballet even more because of Aaron's stellar teaching and coaching methods.  Aaron's sincere love of teaching and his investment in each student is unmatched.   This higher level of teaching is special because adults are coming to class from so many different experience levels and ages.  Aaron sets the tone from the minute he steps into the studio - in person and even via ZOOM!  This tone is one of honest and sincere teaching and learning matched with the highest level of professionalism.  Aaron gives all students the proper atmosphere to learn because he expects the best from himself and from each student.  He cultivates an atmosphere of respect and love of learning.  There are no limits to learning ballet when Aaron Jackson is your teacher!"

        ―        Claire Munter, April 2024

"One snowy Thursday morning about five years ago, I blissfully and unknowingly walked into Aaron's class on a whim. I had no idea what to expect, but immediately, I could tell this class would be different from any other I'd taken as an adult. Aaron's energy filled up the room - warm, inspiring, but also demanding in the best way. From the first exercise, I was hooked, as he provided corrections, knowledge, and encouragement throughout, giving us the tools to be our best selves.  I continue to train with Aaron and love that he gives his students both the space to find each of our paths in ballet, and also the needed guidance and expertise to grow and improve in our practice. His consistency, focus, generosity and knowledge is unparalleled and he has an innate ability to know what his students need each class. Even throughout COVID, Aaron continued to push his students in the best, safest ways possible. Since beginning my journey with Aaron, I have not only gained strength, skill and trained at a higher level than I thought possible, but my confidence and performance quality is flourishing. Aaron's classes provide the technique and foundation that enables me and all his students to find their own artistry and excellence. A teacher, a coach, an inspirational human. Aaron is truly a gift to us all."

        ―      Lori d'Orazio, April 2024

"Through Aaron Jackson’s extraordinary teaching, I have developed a deep dedication to our class and love for ballet in general. I have also progressed considerably from the adult newbie that I was. Aaron embodies high expectations, professionalism and rare talent. He is a gifted teacher and is able to foster our development as individuals - at different levels, and as a group. Aaron is a very active, observant teacher who communicates immediately about specific technique, artistry and musicality. Aaron shows great commitment to his students and brings an incredible amount of energy and focus to every class. In doing so, he creates an exhilarating sense of group dynamics, and we always leave class looking forward to the next."

        ―      Libby Martin, April 2024

“I had always been interested in the connection between drawing and dance, the way in which dancers/choreographers create lines in space using the body as an integral component in creating art. Retirement gave me an opportunity to explore in a more direct manner the basic vocabulary of that expression. I was extremely fortunate to find Aaron’s class. He has a gift for teaching and his classes draw a wonderful mix of students from various age groups, ranging from the relative beginner to those with professional experience. He teaching method is highly structured and there is a strong continuity from one class to the next. He constantly provides specific images to help visualize the dynamics of a particular movement.  His individualized corrections and encouragements allow for concrete improvement within the framework of one’s own abilities  As someone with a very limited knowledge of dance vocabulary, that rigor was important for me. But beyond his teaching of technique, it was his ability to instill a joy for the music itself (facilitated by the master pianists who accompany his class) that made my learning experience with Aaron so meaningful. He challenges the dancer to find the musicality in the steps and the sequences, to understand the line as it relates to the music, and to strive to mirror the music in the line, no matter how imperfect the technique and the physical limitations imposed by age. What I thought would be a brief exploration of dance’s classical vocabulary has become, through Aaron, a discovery of the music of dance as an integral part of everyday life.”

        ―      Maria Leyva, April 2024

"I moved to Washington DC 13 years ago from the LA area and struggled to find the motivation or drive to take ballet on a regular basis, despite taking classes for a variety of other disciplines. When I discovered Aaron’s class in early 2023, it reinvigorated my love for ballet. And ever since then - if I’m in town, I’m in class. Aaron has a great way of seeing and acknowledging his students and praising good work, while still pushing his students to be the best dancers they can be. I appreciate the attention he gives students to make individual corrections, which isn’t always an aspect of teaching you find in adult ballet classes. Aaron has a unique way of approaching technique, style, musicality, and artistry and I’ve truly never taken a ballet class before quite like his. I find so much emotional and artistic fulfillment from Aaron’s classes, and look forward to continuing my training with him for many more years. "

         ―       Vitoria Yue, April 2024

"For the past twelve years it has been my pleasure to be a student of Aaron Jackson. His instruction is clear and challenging, uplifting and artistic.  Aaron takes the time to assess a student’s ability, and encourage personal progress.   A variety of student’s, regardless of age or ability, know to “show up for class”  - and they certainly do!   Join the spectrum, challenge yourself, come to Aaron’s class."

       ―       Leanne Boland, April 2024

"Aaron is a gifted artist, dancer and teacher who blends these strengths into a magical approach to ballet class that is unique and inspiring.  His technique is meticulous, but accessible to dancers with a range of abilities because Aaron possesses the rare ability to teach complex material tailored to the individual dancer.  He is an inspiration to his students and teaches us each to reach for milestones and abilities we did not know were possible.  Even when working with students virtually, Aaron does not miss a thing!  His class is endlessly challenging but so much fun!  I feel grateful to be a part of his creative and meaningful approach to ballet."

         ―      Elisabeth LaMotte, April 2024


"I arrived at Aaron’s class with a lifelong passion for ballet, but an equally long-lasting sense of insecurity about my dancing. As soon as I finished the barre of my first class with Aaron, I knew I had found an exceptional teacher I wished I had met before. At 30, with a full-time job and hyper-aware of my limitations, Aaron made me feel I could continue to grow as a dancer. His intense and rigorous classes have helped me build strength, stability and stamina; polish my technique; and improve my capacity to learn choreography. His detailed individual and group corrections are a constant reminder of how demanding he is, yet he always comes across as encouraging and supportive. His teaching philosophy has helped me to better understand and welcome where I am in my ballet journey and how to dance safely. Most of all, Aaron’s acknowledgment and respect have helped me build my confidence and artistry. I no longer shy away in the back of the classroom, but allow myself to take up space and enjoy my dancing (which I’m doing more of)! "

      ―                Tatiana Brofft, April 2024

"Aaron Jackson took the place of my Russian ballet teacher, who had seen the beginning of the Russian revolution.  She passed away in 2012. Like Aaron, she was a professional ballet dancer, but a bit of a Russian General, unlike Aaron. Aaron’s teaching style encompasses technique with compassion, knowledge with precision, and humanity. He makes one feel special, motivated, and challenged. His extraordinary personal attention is evident in every class. He has become an important mentor to me as I try to age gracefully through my seventies.  Be it virtual or in person, Aaron always exudes respect for his craft and joy in his vocation. He is a wonderful example of what a teacher should be, no matter what your level of attainment. He is there for you to improve and grow.  Exercising with Aaron has enabled my resolution to stay fit, especially in these challenging times"

        ―          Bette Alberts, April 2024

"Aaron Jackson is a one of a kind human being, friend, and a ballet master.  His dedication to the art of ballet and the impeccable energy he brings to his classes are unprecedented.  When I enter the studio at the Washington Ballet, where he teaches, I feel at home.  This feeling is cultivated by knowing that I will receive the gifts of his attention, never-ending energy, and thoughtful approach to movement. Aaron has a very structured and disciplined teaching style.  The structure of his movement allows for building strength, artistry, and solid ballet technique.  His barre warm-up helps me focus and develop not only proper technique, but also the ability to look inward and forget about the outside world.  This, to me, creates a sanctuary space, much like one would feel at home. Aaron is able to focus on everyone’s personal journey in the art of ballet and provide feedback and constructive advice. He teaches people of all levels and ages. He is always attentive and provides helpful corrections to everyone in class. He emphasizes technique and injury prevention.  He encourages breath, creation, freedom of movement.  Aaron never sits down.  His seemingly endless energy and the enthusiasm he exudes when teaching is contagious.  Even on days when I feel down, or tired, or I am simply having a bad ballet day, he lifts me up and makes me smile. He gets me moving physically and emotionally. I am so grateful to have that experience with him. In Aaron Jackson I found a friend, a wonderful human being, and an inspiring artist.Aaron’s classes make me feel free. I feel that freedom in movement comes from a stable technique.  Strong technique allows for a dancer to lose control whenever he or she chooses to and just be, live in the moment of movement, and create. Arron’s classes are just that – creation built on strong technique and artistry.  Freedom. 

Thank you, Aaron Jackson for sharing your art with the worldand with me! Your gift means more that you will ever know! "

        ―  Venelina Stephens, October 2018

 “Aaron Jackson is a gifted ballet teacher and an inspiring person.  His classes reflect his sincere desire to share his love of and immense talent in classical ballet.   Aaron is eager to see his students develop as dancers, treating each student as an individual.  As he likes to say, "everyone is on their own personal journey."   His corrections reflect that philosophy and he celebrates each student's progress.   Aaron's classes are challenging and structured yet infused with joy & humor.  Whether a more beginner student or a lifetime dancer returning to regular class, one cannot help but leave the studio inspired, motivated and looking forward to the next class.  Aaron prefers commitment.  Students who make the commitment to 'show up' regularly are rewarded with real progress in their dance over the course of weeks, months and years as Aaron structures his class syllabus to deliberately build week to week.  Come to Aaron's class for a reason (for fitness, to get back to dance, to try something new), stay for a season and it may turn into a lifetime love.”

        ―      Ginny Wydler, October 2015

 “I had a chance to visit Washington, DC and take Aaron's classes  again! I had a great time with him and dancers in his class.  Aaron always makes me feel free and pure. And he  encourages me, so  I can dance in a relaxed way and enjoy dancing , which is my big happiness.  Every time after I am in his classes , I love ballet more and more than before. I learned a lot from him.  I' m so happy to meet  Aaron in my ballet life.  I' m missing everything at Washington ballet. I' m looking foward to be in Aaron ' s class again. 

        ―    Chieko Suehiro, October 2015

"It was clear from my first class with Aaron  Jackson that I had happened on something remarkable.  Aaron is a gifted ballet teacher who has developed a unique curriculum that offers classical ballet training to adults of all levels.  Aaron's standards are high and his class is rigorous, yet the atmosphere in his studio is respectful, joyful, encouraging and positive.  If you are willing to put forth the effort, Aaron will meet you where you are and advance you farther than you thought possible."

        ―    Julie Uhar, January 2016

“I rediscovered my own journey the minute I stepped into Aaron Jackson’s class. What an absolutely amazing experience that made me instantly fall in love with classical ballet again and again. His approach is far more than just a dance lesson, it is truly a life lesson. Every class is inspiring and not only because of his grace and meticulous teaching style but also because of his famous quotes that leave you thinking when you step out. His energy, enthusiasm, discipline and passion are all packaged together to enlightens you long after the class have culminated to its end. Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted” (Albert Einstein)… Well, Aaron has that little extra that makes him an extraordinary teacher. I am grateful that our paths have crossed and honored to know such a unique, kind and beautiful soul."

        ―     Micky Farivar March 2016

"I met Aaron Jackson in December 2014. At first it was quite difficult to follow his instructions, because the Balanchine method was completely new for me. In that time I was very afraid to open up and to try out new things. Mr. Jackson has offered me private lessons for the summer, because he saw potential in me. His words have given me so much joy and courage, because they provided me with new motivation to continue with ballet. The private lessons in the summer have helped me to come out of me and to be open to new ideas. When I told him that I was already seventeen years old, he was surprised at first, but he believed in me and the fact that I can make it as a dancer. Mr. Jackson offered me to go to Washington for my ballet training. I am now already two months in the US and I love it. I had ups and downs but Mr. Jackson has always reminded me that I'm here for a reason and that I am not alone. He challenges me and I achieve things of which I had only dreamed about two months ago.”

        ―      Camilla Quintana Gallardo, November 2015

“Aaron Jackson is a gifted teacher, who never for a moment “phones it in” but is always fully present and inspirational with each and every one of his students! His classes are always focused on classical ballet philosophy and techniques and they are never easy. Aaron has the remarkable ability to challenge all of his students, whether they are advanced ballet dancers or beginners like me! He learns everyone’s names on first meeting and manages to give individual instruction even when his classes are packed. Although I started training with Aaron as a middle-aged adult with no ballet training beyond a year of instruction as a child in rural Vermont, I have been amazed by the progress I’ve made in 2 ½ years. I enjoy watching the remarkable progress of all of the dancers in Aaron’s classes, from beginners to the most advanced. He creates a safe and inspirational learning environment for all of us."

        ―         Melanie Choukas-Bradley, October 2015  

Article in the Washingtonian from October 2013