New Associate Artistic Director

California Ballet is proud to present Jared Nelson as its new Associate Artistic Director.


Mr. Nelson will focus on expanding CBC’s repertoire to include works of current choreographers, assist in planning and acquiring productions, and represent the company in the community. He often chooses innovative works that include live music and something out of the ordinary to draw in a more diverse audience. 

Regarding his new position, Jared says he wants to stay true to California Ballet’s pure classical ballet technique, while bringing in exciting, ‘outside-the-box,’ programming to electrify new audiences and new colleagues. His vision is to help move the company into the limelight worldwide.  

CBC’s Founding Director, Maxine Mahon, commented on Jared’s appointment: “He has already brought in new repertoire and is helping us connect with a larger demographic in the community.  I foresee that our collaboration will bring the company to an exciting new standard. Jared’s fresh energy and innovative ideas, along with his commitment to keeping the classics alive, will help move California Ballet to its 50th Season and beyond.”

Mr. Nelson joined California Ballet for season 48 as a guest artist, stager, and choreographer, and quickly became an integral part of the company. During the season he staged Septime Webre’s The Great Gatsby and choreographed Ruled by Secrecy, Work Song and Samson et Dalila. 


At the Balboa Theatre in October, he will stage two San Diego premieres: his own ballet, Jump Jive and Septime’s Webre’s Fluxuating Hemlines. In March he will set the West Coast premiere of Webre’s Peter Panat the San Diego Civic Theatre. Also in the Spring Jared will create new works for CBC’s innovative program, Beer & Ballet. 

Jared was raised in Yuba City, California. He joined The Sacramento Ballet in 1991, danced with Boston Ballet in 2005-2006, and with The Washington Ballet until 2015. He has danced lead roles in many of the classics as well as newer, contemporary works. Since his retirement from The Washington Ballet in 2015, he has been staging and creating ballets for several companies around the country. 

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