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Houston Ballet's Jared MatthewsJared Matthews, First soloist

Birthplace
Houston, Texas

Joined the Company
2014

 

Jared Matthews was born in Houston and received his early ballet training there under the guidance of Victoria Vittum and Gilbert Rome. He was awarded a full scholarship to study at North Carolina School of the Arts summer program as well as the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. While attending American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive Program in 2001 as a Coca Cola Scholarship winner, he was invited to join ABT's Studio Company.

Mr. Matthews joined American Ballet Theatre (ABT) as an apprentice in 2002 and as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2003. He was appointed a Soloist in August 2007. His repertoire with ABT includes Franz in Coppélia; Lankendem in Le Corsaire; a Stepsister's Escort in Cinderella; Espada in Don Quixote; Lysander in The Dream; the Turning Boy in Études; Albrecht, Hilarion and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle; Gaston in Lady of the Camellias; Rakitin in A Month in the Country; Camille in The Merry Widow, the Nutcracker Prince in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker; Lensky in Onegin; Cassio in Othello; the Head Wrangler in Rodeo; Mercutio and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet; the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty; Benno and von Rothbart (Ballroom) in Swan Lake; Gurn in La Sylphide; Aminta and Orion in Sylvia; Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; Ferdinand in The Tempest; Thaïs Pas de Deux and leading roles in Black Tuesday, Brief Fling, Dark Elegies, Désir, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Duets, Gong, In the Upper Room, The Leaves Are Fading, Overgrown Path, Petite Mort, Sechs Tänze, Seven Sonatas, Sinfonietta, Some Assembly Required, Symphonic Variations, Symphony #9, Symphony in C, Troika and workwithinwork. He created the leading roles in C. to C. (Close to Chuck), Glow-Stop, One of Three and Thirteen Diversions.

As a guest artist, Mr. Matthews has appeared with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and with both the Noriko Hara Ballet and the Kamakura Ballet Company in Japan. He has toured as a guest artist with Les Ballet GranDiva. He has also appeared in the 2008 Hopes and Prize Gala in Japan. In America, he has danced with Rochester City Ballet, Civic Ballet of Chicago, Houston Repertoire Ballet, New England Dance Ensemble, West Virginia Dance Festival and the 2007 and 2008 Chicago Dancing Festival. Mr. Matthews appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, performing the pas de deux from Don Quixote.

Mr. Matthews has taught technique and partnering classes for the David Howard Foundation's A Month of Sundays program, West Virginia Dance Festival, at workshops in Yokohama, Japan and at local dance studios in the United States.

Mr. Matthews joined Houston Ballet as a first soloist in 2014.

Headshot by: Jade Young