Jay Markov was born in Phoenix, Arizona and started training in classical ballet at the age of 7 with Slawomir and Irena Wozniak of Master Ballet Academy. In the years following he received full scholarships and training at San Francisco Ballet School, Harid Conservatory for the Arts, School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. At age 15, Jay was selected to train at San Francisco Ballet School for the year-round program. In 2012, Jay began his professional dance career with Ballet Arizona under the direction of Ib Anderson, where he performed roles in Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Napoli, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Don Quixote, and Western Symphony. From 2016-2018 Jay danced as a corps member with Los Angeles Ballet under artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, where he performed contemporary works by Meghan Lou, Aszure Barton, and Alejandro Cerrudo. Jay has also performed in many of Balanchine’s Ballets such as Theme and Variations, Serenade, Movements and Monumento, Violin Concerto, Who Cares, Four Temperaments, and Prodigal Son. This is Jay’s first season with Festival Ballet.