Jonathan Dummar in the Spotlight!



Jonathan Dummar began dancing at the age of 10 in his hometown of Reno, Nevada under the tutelage of Ava Kerr.  By 16 he was ready to expand his classical training and went on to study at the prestigious Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida.


The early years.


In his second year at school he was awarded the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Scholarship and graduated as the valedictorian of his class in 2002. Jonathan went on to study with the Pacific Northwest Ballet in their professional division, performing in the company’s full length productions.







With Robin Semmelhack Photo: Keith Sutter Photography©

In 2003 Jonathan began his professional career with Ballet Memphis and was also a founding member of the Trey McIntyre Project. Some of his standout roles were: Trey McIntyre’s Grace, The Naughty Boy!, and High Lonesome, Mark Godden’s Angels in the Architecture, and the “Prince” in Joseph Jeffries’ Cinderella.





With Jane Rehm in Christmas Ballet Photo: Keith Sutter Photography©

In 2006, Jonathan joined the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago where he was featured in numerous roles. Some of his favorites were: Gerald Arpino’s Round of Angels, the “Snow King” and “Sugar Plum Cavalier” in Arpino and Joffrey’s Nutcracker (which he was proud to perform in our nation’s capital at the Kennedy Center), the lead pas de deux in George Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto; the “Blue” pas de trois in Jiří Kylián’s Return to a Strange Land; and the featured pas de deux in Jessica Lang’s Crossed.



With Jane Rehm in Petal Photo: Keith Sutter Photography©

Jonathan joined Smuin Ballet in the Fall of 2011; since then, you may have experienced Dummar’s intense yet graceful stage presence, endless line, and magnificent partnering abilities, all of which have been highlighted in Michael Smuin’s Eternal Idol, Tango Palace, and several excerpts of the Christmas Ballet as well as Ma Cong’s Through, McIntyre’s Oh, Inverted World and Helen Pickett’s show stopping work Petal.




Taking in the beauty of nature.

A true artist, Jonathan cites life, love and the divine as constant sources of inspiration, and feels a particular affinity to the dynamic interplay between movement and music. He is a self-described “wanna-be jet-setter” and “culture hound” which has motivated him to travel abroad whenever financially feasible.




The hard working scholar.




Jonathan spends his free time attending heated Vinyasa yoga classes or teaching ballet in Alameda, where he resides. He relaxes with time spent either reading, or more frequently, writing, as he is working on his Liberal Arts Degree from Saint Mary’s College.


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