"I do not try to dance better than anyone else.
I only try to dance better than myself."
– Mikhail Baryshnikov
Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
Originally from Sterling Heights, Mich., Jon Upleger received his formal training at the Virginia School of the Arts where he studied under Petrus Bosman and David Keener. At the age of 18, Upleger joined Nashville Ballet and spent more than 20 years with the company dancing principal roles, serving as rehearsal director, teaching students within School of Nashville Ballet and helping create the Young Men’s Scholarship Program. He recently returned to Michigan following his successful tenure at Nashville Ballet with his wife and professional ballet dancer Alexandra Meister Upleger.
Founded in 2021 Grand Rapids School of Dance seeks to be a place where students foster their love of dance, with a foundation in ballet, that will continue on for a lifetime. Whether pursuing a professional ballet career or exploring dance as a hobby, we are confident the skills learned inside our studio will translate to success outside of the classroom.