Marks Jesse


Classical Ballet / Soloist

Jesse Marks is from Bloomington, Indiana. An aspiring cellist from the age of 6, he studied at the IU School of Music and was the awarded the first chair of the Paris Youth Symphony in 1996. At the age of 14, Mr. Marks was exposed to dance and immediately drawn to the art form. A year and a half later he was invited to join the Indiana University Ballet Program where he studied with Violette Verdy and Jeremy Collins. Mr. Marks then spent two years under a full scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School where he trained primarily with Jorge Esquivel. Mr. Marks joined Colorado Ballet in 2002, and has been honored to dance alongside tremendous artists from 13 different countries. During his time with the Company he has performed works by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon and Lar Lubovich, among others. He has also had the privilege of working with and performing world premieres by many choreographers including Dwight Rhoden, Edwaard Liang, Rennie Harris, Amy Seiwert and Jessica Lang. Within the classical realm his notable roles include the Jester in Cinderella, the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker, Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Peasant Pas in Giselle and Blue Boy in Yes, Virginia, Another Piano Ballet. In 2009, Mr. Marks took leave from Colorado Ballet and moved to New York City. While there, he was given the opportunity to join the Metropolitan Opera and dance the principal role of Rinaldo in its production of Armida. During his year away, he also danced with Ballet X and made guest appearances with Delta Festival Ballet, Neglia Ballet and Lydia Johnson Dance.

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