Tristan Grannum is originally from Brooklyn, New York. He began training in classical ballet at the age of 14 at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts and Manhattan Youth Ballet. Over the years, he has trained year-round at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet and Dance Theater of Harlem where he was selected to dance in several outreach performances. He has also attended many notable ballet summer programs on full scholarships which include the Harid Conservatory, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and Charlotte Ballet. In June 2017, he was invited to and participated in an international dance competition (Royal Dance Grand Prix) held in Beijing, China. There he won first place in the Contemporary Ballet category. His professional performance credits include dancing with Brooklyn Ballet, Ballet Austin, Dayton Ballet, and the Black Iris Project. He has performed works by George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Septime Webre, Stephen Mills, Marianna Oliviera, and Tan Dao. He has taught at several ballet/dance institutions across New York, Ohio, and Texas. He is a certified dance teacher through the Mark Morris Teaching Artist Training Program. In 2021, he was chosen as an emerging dance leader for the Dance/USA DILT program under Peter Boal’s mentorship (PNB). He was also chosen as a School of American Ballet National Visiting Fellow for the 2021-2022 cohort. Most recently, he took on the position as the Associate Artistic Director for the Brooklyn Center for the Arts, an arts program which specializes in providing access to classical art forms for underprivileged adolescents across New York City. He is also the Artistic Director of the Judah International Dance Theater, a professional dance company that provides a platform for professional ballet and contemporary ballet dancers of color to showcase their artistry and talent.