Lincoln Jones, Artistic Director and Choreographer
Lincoln Jones was born in Fullerton, California, and began dancing at the age of nineteen. He was awarded scholarships to the Joffrey, San Francisco, Pennsylvania, Milwaukee and Los Angeles Classical Ballet schools. At twenty-three, Lincoln joined the Columbia City Ballet in South Carolina, then moved to New York City where he taught ballet at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, DanceSpace, and danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
In 2004, Lincoln founded American Contemporary Ballet in New York City and developed various ballet projects, which included the production of live ballet performances, ballet films, an apprentice company and a training program. Looking to expand the company and give it a permanent home, Jones chose Los Angeles. In 2011, Jones conceived a groundbreaking partnership with The Da Camera Society in MUSIC+DANCE:LA, combining Da Camera’s long experience with music and presentation with Jones’ approach to ballet as a musical art form.
In 2012, under Jones’ directorship, ACB performed its first full season, which included six new works by Jones, a performance with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and two different programs of MUSIC+DANCE:LA. featuring some of LA’s most prominent musicians. Los Angeles Magazine said Jones’ 2012 ballet Serenade in A was ‘…a multifaceted snapshot of beautiful choreography crisply integrated with music’ and The Los Angeles Times called MUSIC+DANCE:LA ‘a welcome new series’.
Lincoln has also given talks on the subject of ballet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and The Da Camera Society, and choreographed ballet in commercials for Facebook, Virgin Mobile and BSI Bank.
Theresa Farrell, Associate Director
Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Theresa trained at Ballet Regent, American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey School of Ballet, New York State Summer School of the Arts, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Theresa graduated high school from the ballet program at North Carolina School of the Arts.
After high school, Theresa joined ACB as a dancer, and soon began working behind-the-scenes in planning and development. With ACB Artistic Director Lincoln Jones she established ACB in its permanent home – Los Angeles, heading up development and business operations.
As a dancer, Theresa has created principal roles in several new ballets with ACB, including Suite for Violin and Piano, Josquiniana, Serenade in A, Apotheose de Corelli, Gli Uccelli and Septet -Theme and Variations, and performed solo with violinist Hilary Hahn at the Skaneateles Music Festival. Theresa has also performed with the Los Angeles Opera, and has appeared as a dancer on television in Glee and House, and in commercials and print campaigns for Fruit of the Loom, AT&T, Fountainbleau Hotels, BSI Bank, FX’s American Horror Story, Beatles’ Rock Band, and Virgin Mobile. She has appeared as a model for Katy Rodriguez, Riser-Goodwin, in a commercial for Ford Automobiles, and was the face of Joe’s Jeans’ ballet-inspired international Stretch Legging campaign.