Jim Nowakowski, began his formal ballet training at the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, Rochester NY. He joined the Rochester City Ballet as a company member in 2002. While attending the Youth American Grand Prix Competition, he has taken home the 2002 Junior Youth American Grand Prix Prize, the 2004 Junior Men’s Gold, and the 2007 Senior Men’s Gold Award. Mr. Nowakowski was a finalist at youngARTS Week and was presented with the Gold Award in Dance from Mikhail Baryshnikov. He was a Presidential Scholar of 2007 Nominee, as well as a Carnival Cruise Line youngARTS Winner in Dance. 

He is a former Demi-Soloist with Houston Ballet and competed on Fox’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, placing Top 3 Stage Dancers, Top 6 overall. Mr. Nowakowski has gotten the chance to dance in theater’s all throughout the United States, as well as Canada, the Ukraine, Paris, Italy, and Spain. Mr. Nowakowski was named one of ’25 To Watch’ for Dance Magazine in 2015. 

He is currently dancing with BalletMet in Columbus OH, under the direction of Edwaard Liang. His ballet repertoire includes works by Stanton Welch, Christopher Wheeldon, Twyla Tharp, Hans VanManen, Ben Stevenson, George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, and Mark Morris. 

Mr. Nowakowski has a passion for educating the next generation and teaches all around the U.S and is on faculty with The Streetz Dance Convention and Competition. He hopes to help inspire the next generation and guide them towards the most successful careers.


So You Think You Can Dance

Houston Ballet


2x gold medalist Grand Prix