General auditions are Jan. 20
WINONA, Minn. — Professional dancer Jarod Boltjes, a Saint Mary’s University and Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts alumnus, will soon be returning to Winona to dance the role of the Prince in the DRC’s spring production of the classical ballet Cinderella.
Boltjes studied dance and art at Saint Mary’s, where he first discovered his love for dance by performing and training with the Dance Repertory Company. Some of his first roles with DRC included Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker and Conrad in Le Corsaire. While in college, he studied abroad in the U.K. and Ireland and worked with such artists as Gerri Houlihan, Richard Chen-See, Sara Procopio, and “Lil C” from So You Think You Can Dance.
Since graduating from college, he has worked with numerous dance companies in the Twin Cities and currently performs with St. Paul Ballet and Contempo Physical Dance. This is his third season with Contempo as a company dancer and fifth season with St. Paul Ballet as a company dancer and production manager.
The Dance Repertory Company production of Cinderella will be presented at Page Theatre at Saint Mary’s University April 19-22, 2018. For ticket information, visit pagetheatre.org. Boltjes will be joined on stage with Winona-area dancers. Pointe roles have been cast, but for more information about general auditions Jan. 20 for dancers ages 6 and older, visit the MCA website at: mca.smumn.edu/2017/09/24/cinderella-auditions-performance-q-a/. Ballet master classes with Boltjes are being planned during the rehearsal process, so watch for more details.
Photo caption: Jarod Boltjes in Dance Repertory Company’s production of Le Corsaire in 2012.