California Ballet Company presents Septime Webre's The Great Gatsby at the San Diego Civic Theatre October 23-25, 2015.
We are excited to introduce you to the amazing cast of dancers who will bring F. Scott Fitzgerald's story to life!
Jared Nelson as Jay Gatsby
Jared Nelson was raised in Yuba City, Ca. He began dancing professionally at the age of 14 with the Sacramento Music Circus and became an apprentice with the Sacramento Ballet that same year. Most recently a principal dancer with the Washington Ballet in Washington DC, Mr. Nelson originated the role of Jay Gatsby for the World Premiere of the production at the Kennedy Center.
Kirsten Bloom Allen as Daisy Buchanan
Kirsten Bloom Allen was a principal dancer with the Sacramento Ballet for over 15 years. She also danced with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, performing multiple Balanchine programs at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She toured China with the Shanghai Ballet, and danced a private showing of Giselle for George Bush Sr. and Barbara Bush. Ms. Bloom Allen and her long-time dance partner Jared Nelson have recently created The Artist Society, a charitable performing arts group.
Ana da Costa as Myrtle Wilson
Ana da Costa joined California Ballet as a principal in 2014 when she first appeared on the San Diego Civic Theatre stage in the title role of Giselle. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and received her ballet training from Central de Dança Rio. She started her professional career at 16 with the Young Ballet of France in Paris, before joining the Theatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro where she rose through the ranks to soloist.
Trystan Merrick as Tom Buchanan
Trystan Merrick joined California Ballet as a Principal in 2014. He has appeared with such companies as the Nevada Ballet, Malashock, Owen Cox Dance, and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. He regularly appears with Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, and is an instructor at the California Ballet School.
Jeremy Zapanta as Nick Carraway
Jeremy Zapanta was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at the age of 1. He began his dance training at the age of 13 at the Burbank School of Ballet, and continued his training at the University of California, Irvine where he worked with the great Donald McKayle. He joined California Ballet in 2013 as a member of the Corps de Ballet, and was promoted to Soloist in 2014.
Allyson Barkdull as Jordan Baker
Allyson Barkdull received her training at the New West Ballet School, San Elijo Dance Academy, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Graduate Program. She performed with the Anaheim Ballet and American Contemporary Ballet before joining California Ballet in 2013 as a member of the Corps de Ballet. She was promoted to Soloist for the 2015-2016 season and will make her solo debut as Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby.
Justin Flores as George Wilson
Justin Flores began his dance training with Debbie Busby at the age of 16. He is a graduate of the Houston Ballet Academy and holds a BFA from the University of Oklahoma. He has danced with several companies on both coasts including Smuin Ballets/SF, ODC Dance, The Foundry, Ballet X, and as a soloist for the Metropolitan Opera. He has given performances in the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Europe and has appeared on Great Performances for PBS and Live from Lincoln Center. He is currently completing his internship at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.