John Cartwright is originally from Madisonville, KY and began his training in Evansville, IN at the Children’s Center for Dance Education. He continued his studies with the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Austin, National Taiwan University of the Arts, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. John graduated from Butler University in 2008 with a degree in Dance and Arts Administration. He has had the privilege to work with choreographers such as Ann Reinking, Val Caniprioli, Ron de Jesus, Steven Mills, Amy Seiwert, Helen Pickett, Lila York, KT Nelson, Autumn Eckman, Kristina Isabelle, Lucas Crandall, Brian Enos, and Wade Schaaf. John has performed as a guest artist with Chicagoland companies such as Chicago Repertory Ballet, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, NoMi Dance Company, Momenta Dance Company, Schaumburg Dance Ensemble, and the Berkshire Ballet Theater. Before coming to Chicago, John performed and choreographed for the Louisville Ballet and Louisville’s Moving Collective. His work has also been produced for main stage, touring, and educational outreach shows for Thodos Dance Chicago. John is the co-artistic director of Thodos Dance Chicago’s Youth Ensemble, in addition to teaching and choreographing for the North Suburban School of Dance in Northbrook, IL. He is thrilled to be in his seventh season with Thodos Dance Chicago.