International Jury Chairman
For more than 5 decades, Australian born, John Meehan has been a member of the international dance world as performer, teacher, choreographer, adjudicator and artistic director.
Meehan studied at The Australian Ballet School, joined The Australian Ballet in 1970 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1974. In the spring of 1977, he was invited to perform as guest artist with American Ballet Theatre joining the company as Principal Dancer in the fall of that year. At ABT he danced leading roles in all of the classics as well as contemporary works by many of the world’s leading choreographers. He was also a frequent guest artist with the New York City Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. John has partnered many of the world’s great ballerinas including Dame Margot Fonteyn, Natalia Makarova, Merrill Ashley, Gelsey Kirkland, Cynthia Gregory, Karen Kain and the Australian ballet stars Marilyn Rowe and Marilyn Jones. Meehan began choreographing early in his career. His ballets entered the repertoire of The Australian Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Washington Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera Company, The Hong Kong Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He was Artistic Director of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet from 1990 to 1993, and of The American Ballet Theatre Studio Company from 1997 to 2006. Meehan’s former ABT Studio Company students include principal dancers in the following companies: ABT, New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet Covent Garden, the Bolshoi Ballet, The Dutch National Ballet, The Boston Ballet and the Houston Ballet. Meehan has taught and rehearsed repertoire for The American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, The Australian Ballet, The Houston Ballet and The Hungarian National Ballet. He has twice served as President of the Jury at the Prix de Lausanne and has been a juror at the Moscow International Ballet Competition, Youth America Grand Prix as well as the past two Jackson International Ballet Competitions, most recently as Jury Chairman.
In 2005-06 John was invited to teach at Vassar College as Professor of Dance before traveling to Hong Kong where he was appointed Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Ballet in July 2006. He returned to Vassar in 2009 to join the faculty of the Department of Dance as Professor of Dance and Director of Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre. In 2013 Meehan was named to the Frances Daly Fergusson Chair in the Humanities at Vassar College.