From Myrtle Beach, SC, Anson began dancing at the age of 5. In 2008, he enrolled at Coastal Dance Centre where he studied with Liza Mata. At 14, he was accepted to South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, a residential arts school in Greenville, SC, where he began training under Stanislav Issaev. In the spring of 2017, he received his BFA from The Juilliard School in New York City, where he had the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and perform works by Richard Alston, Merce Cunningham, José Limón, Paul Taylor, Matthew Neenan, Zvi Gotheiner, Loni Landon and Takehiro Ueyama. While at Juilliard, Anson performed at The Guggenheim Museum as part of Works and Process, as well as received additional training at Springboard Danse Montréal and Merce Cunningham Trust workshops. Since joining Charlotte Ballet in 2017, he has performed works by Johan Inger, Javier de Frutos, Robyn Mineko-Williams, Myles Thatcher, Bryan Arias and Filipe Portugal.
- Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC
- Dancing Since: Age 5
- Seasons with Charlotte Ballet: 2
- Favorite choreographer: Merce Cunningham, without a doubt
Favorite ballet: A very close three-way tie between Marius Petipa’s Paquita, Michel Fokine’s Petrushka, and George Balanchine’s Apollo.
What does “Pretty Powerful” mean to you? Pretty Powerful is exactly what I aim to be as a dancer- both delicate and strong, and never one more than the other.
Advice for aspiring dancers: It’s important to always remember what makes you passionate about dancing. To reach deep down and discover what inspires, motivates and ignites your spark; it is this that will make you unique and one of a kind.