Helen Jones began dance classes in her home town in Wales when she was four, and at ten successfully auditioned for the full-time program at the Royal Ballet School where she studied for eight years. The first dancer from Wales to be accepted at the RBS, she was awarded a full grant from her local town, for which she will always be tremendously grateful.
Jones was introduced to modern dance with the newly formed London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and explored experimental theatre. She left London to join Toronto Dance Theatre when she was nineteen and, in those exceptional years had the opportunity to develop her craft touring across Canada, into the USA, and to Europe. She went on to perform with companies and choreographers in Belgium, Canada, and the U.S.A., notably as a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company. She returned to live, perform, and teach, in Toronto with the arrival of her son Evan.
Currently, Jones is on faculty at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the Department of Dance at York University. She co-ordinates a community based dance project in rural Grey County, Ontario, where she now lives, running classes and events including Dusk Dances – Flesherton, and teaches at the Owen Sound Academy of Performing Arts. Academic credits include a B.Sc. in Psychology (University of Toronto), Diploma in Adult Training and Development (OISE), and courses in ballet pedagogy and creative dance for children in the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School.
Recent professional highlights include working with David Earle, acting in the Aubrey Reeves’ short film, Lethe; running workshops, and contributing to a theatre piece on bullying for youth, funded by the Canadian Mental Health Association, and creating a dance work, for the Owen Sound Academy of Performing Arts.