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Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ransom Wilkes-Davis started his professional training in 2009 with Columbia Classical Ballet. He danced with the Company for one season before studying at The HARID Conservatory under Olivier Pardina, Victoria Schneider, and Svetlana Osieyeva.
Wilkes-Davis joined Joffrey Ballet in Chicago as a trainee in 2012, where he danced with the Company in Chicago and at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on tour. In 2014, he joined Atlanta Ballet, where he enjoyed three years dancing favorite pieces like Liam Scarlett’s Vespertine, David Bintley's Carmina Burana, Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Boiling Point, Yuri Possokov’s Classical Symphony, and Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet. He has been featured as the Prince in John McFall’s The Sleeping Beauty as well as Rat King, Mr. Petrov, Trepak, and Rose soloist in Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
Since joining Milwaukee Ballet in 2017, Wilkes-Davis has enjoyed dancing in the Genesis competition, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, Jimmy Gamonet’s Nous Sommes, Darrell Grand Moultrie's world premiere of Flight Anew, and Dani Rowe's world premiere of Chaminade. He has also been featured as the Viscount in La Bohème, Arabian principal and Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, Rothbart in Swan Lake, Arthur in Dracula, Lysander in Bruce Wells’ Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Diaghilev in Timothy O’Donnell’s world premiere of Sacre.