Charles Waldron was born in Turlock, CA and raised in Merced, CA. At a young age, Charles became a student in the conservatory at Playhouse Merced, under Educational Director Beth Fauerback-Christensen.
At Playhouse Merced, Charles was introduced to singing, acting and dancing. In 2011, Charles began his formal dance training at The Dance Studio of Fresno (Fresno, CA), under the direction of Sue Sampson-Dalena, and ballet mistress Grethel Raypon. As a member of their Elite Dance Team, Charles had the opportunity to perform and go to competitions throughout California, New York City, and Europe.
In 2014, Charles moved to New York City to attend the Joffrey Ballet School under Artistic Director, Era Jouravlev, where he was able to perform in classics such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty as well as original contemporary pieces by Earl Mosley, Winnie Asawakanjanakit, and Larisa Calero. Charles also appeared in Earl Mosley’s Wild and Free in collaboration with Brooklyn Museum and Target, the premier of Talissa Bavaresco’s Calyx, and Slave Pas De Deux from Scheherazade.
In 2019, Charles joined New York Dance Project as an apprentice under artistic director, Davis Robertson. With New York Dance Project, Charles appeared in Alberto Alonso’s Carmen (staged by Sonya Calero-Alonso), and Gerald Arpino’s Confetti, as well as original works and works in progress by Tyler Gilstrap, Telmo Moreira, and Davis Robertson.
Charles is happy to be back in California and excited to join Central West Ballet. We welcome him to the company.