Cornell Callender began his training at age 11 on a full scholarship at The School of the Hartford Ballet under the tutoring of Alla Osipenko former prima ballerina of the Kirov Ballet and prodigy of Agrippina Vaganova, Francio DeVita, Raymond Lukens, Maria Youskevitch and Kirk Perterson. It wasn’t long before he began to receive awards and scholarship for demonstrating a high standard of classical excellence included are the Faculty Prize, Frankie & Goldfarb Scholarship, Marguerite Deanguera Prize and the Golden Garland Award. Meanwhile Cornell was performing in a majority of the Hartford Ballet’s repertory.
At age 14 he was invited to study at the Royal Ballet School where he received the Dame Ruth Railton Award, for overall high standard of technical and artistic excellence.
The following year Mr. Callender was promoted to the graduating class and represented the Royal Ballet School in the 2001 Prix de Lausanne Competition, were he was a prize winner.That same year Mr. Callender graduated the Royal Ballet School with top Honors. as a student of the royal ballet school Cornell has performed with both the Royal Ballet and the Birmingham Royal Ballet Company.
By age 17 Mr. Callender secured a contract with the English National Ballet, where he performed numerous roles in the company’s repertory. After several years of work and study in the United Kingdom, Mr. Callender returned to the United States where he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet. In March 2005, Cornell Callender founded The National Ballet Academy Denver, where he is currently Artistic Director. Mr. Callender is also a international master teacher. Teaching in Brazil, China, Japan and throughout the United States.