Jesse Marks

Jesse Marks

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. Mr. Marks also began his dancing at Indiana University under the tutelage of Violette Verdy.  In 2000 he was awarded a full scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School where he studied primarily with Jorge Esquivel.  Mr. Marks joined Colorado Ballet in 2002, and was promoted to Soloist in 2008. 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.  His notable roles include ‘The Chosen One’ in The Right of Spring, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, the Jester in Cinderella, the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker, Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, 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.   For the past three seasons Marks has also had the opportunity to join Dances Patrelle during its spring season in New York.

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