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Meet Jared Nelson of California Ballet

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jared Nelson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jared. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The California Ballet has been around for 50 years and is rich in history and tradition. This is my second year as associate artistic director and as we continue with the company’s transition into the 51st year I hope to bring new life, update the ballet, and bring in new audiences from all over San Diego. I was a principal dancer for over 20 years and danced for the Washington Ballet in DC, Sacramento Ballet, and the Boston Ballet. I had the pleasure of dancing for many presidents and have been choreographing my whole life. I came to San Diego to bring the ballet The Great Gatsby to the Civic Theatre for California Ballet and then decided to stay and transition to artistic director.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s a struggle every day. The reason I am here is to hopefully smooth things out during this time of transition.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are a ballet company who perform ballets. We specialize in strong classical technique which we will continue to use even if we are doing some of the more contemporary upgraded ballets that I am bringing to San Diego. I am proud of my underpaid dancers who have a strong love of the art form for always working hard for me.

What were you like growing up?
All I did was dance growing up. I didn’t like doing anything else. I played sports and did all the normal kids’ stuff but I worked hard in school so I could graduate early and dedicate myself to just dancing.

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