Jared was born and raised in San Diego, and began his ballet training with the San Diego Ballet School, under Robin Sherertz-Morgan and Igor Yurlov. While only recently beginning his professional career, he has attended various programs around the world for ballet. He has attended summer intensives at the San Francisco Ballet School, the Royal Ballet School in London, Ballet International Training in Tijuana, the School of American Ballet in New York, and many others. He attended the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, where he graduated with a focus in dance under Annette Barcelona and Jessica Curiel.

Who Influenced you most to become the dancer you are today?

I would say all of my teachers have influenced me to become the dancer I am today. I’m addition, the friends I have made in my art form constantly inspire me to achieve bigger and better things, and keep me passionate on the daily.

What goes through your mind just before you perform?

Before I perform there are one of two things that go through my mind, either I try not to think of anything, or the exact opposite—I think of too much. Either way, my mind will clear once I get on stage, and it soon is just me and the music.

What was the funniest epidoes(s) you’ve experienced in your career?

I think the funniest thing to happen to me was when I was dancing in the Nutcracker a number of years ago. I was Fritz, and I had to ride a rocking horse. Well, once I tried to get off, the leg of my pant was stuck on the horse, and I ended up dangling upside down for what seemed like forever.

Who would you most like to share the stage with (living or dead)?

I think I would most like to share a stage with a really ancient ballerina, like maybe Marie Taglioni. I think our movement styles would compliment one another.

What do you like/admire most about San Diego Ballet?

I really admire that San Diego Ballet is so original with their choreography and repertoire. It really allows us as dancers to expand our technique, and learn to move in different ways.