The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is thrilled to announce that professional dancer and MCA/ Saint Mary’s University Alumni, Jarod Boltjes will be returning to Winona this spring to dance the role of The Prince in the Dance Repertory Company’s(DRC) production of the classical ballet Cinderella. Boltjes obtained his B.A. in Dance and Art from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.  Coming from a small farm town in Southern Minnesota, he didn’t discover dance until college where he first performed and trained with the Dance Repertory Company. Some of his first roles with DRC included Drosselmeyer in “The Nutcracker” and Conrad, “Le Corsaire.”  While in college he also 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.  After completion of 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 Jarod’s third season with Contempo as a company dancer, and fifth season with St. Paul Ballet as a company dancer and Production Manager.

The DRC production of Cinderella will be presented at Page Theatre on Saint Mary’s University of MN Campus, April 19-22, 2018. For Ticket information visit PageTheatre.org. Boltjes will be joined on stage with Winona area dancers. For more information about how dancers aged 6 years and older can audition on Jan. 20th for the production please visit our Cinderella Q & A. Also check back soon to learn about upcoming Ballet Master Classes open to area dancers with Jarod during the rehearsal process.

Photo Caption: Jarod Boltjes in Dance Repertory Company’s production of “Le Corsaire” in 2012.