Jay Markov was born in Phoenix, Arizona where he started his training in classical ballet at the age of 7 training with Slawomir and Irena Wozniak of Master Ballet Academy. The years following he received full scholarships and training at San Francisco Ballet School, Harid Conservatory for the Arts, School of American Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. In 2012, Jay began his dance career with Ballet Arizona under the direction of Ib Anderson where he danced various roles in productions of Swan Lake, La Bayadere,Napoli, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Don Quixote, and Western Symphony. From 2016-2018 Jay danced 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. Jay continued his career dancing and teaching with Festival Ballet of Providence in Rhode Island for 3 years where he has performed various roles in productions choreographed by Viktor Plotnikov, Yury Yanowsky, Kurt Douglas, and Misha Djuric. Jay is currently a company member with Ballet Palm Beach under the direction of Colleen Smith.