A headshot of Jared Brunson

Dance (MFA)

Jared Allan Brunson is a Saint Petersburg, FL native, receiving his initial training in West African song, music and dance from Jai Hinson and Baba Chuck Davis. After 10+ years traveling with DunDuDole Urban African Ballet as a young apprentice, Jared went on to begin classical training by Suzzanne Pomerantzeff, garnering scholarships to Boston Ballet, The Rock School, Houston Ballet, among others.

At age 18, after working briefly with Florida Dance Theatre, Jared joined BalletX as one of its first full-time members. While there, he was mentored and coached by Michael Sheridan. He participated in seven world premieres by Olivier Weavers, Nicolo Fonte, Matthew Neenan and more. He was a guest at the Pennsylvania Ballet and the University of the Arts on multiple occasions, performing at the Kennedy Center, The Mann Center, and the Academy of Music.

At age 20, Jared joined Oregon Ballet Theatre under the new direction of Kevin Irving. Performing works by Nacho Duato, George Balanchine and Christopher Stowell, Jared was shortly thereafter offered a contract with Ballet Memphis where he performed as a soloist and principal for four seasons. There, he has acquired acclaim in Dance Magazine, the New York Times and many national publications for his performances. He is now in his second season with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Jared continues to also be an award winning musician and faculty dance teacher aside from performing.

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