JOAN SEBASTIAN ZAMORA began dancing at the age of eight in Cali, Columbia at the Columbian Institute of Classical Ballet, INCOLBALLET, where he received the Honoris Causa in 2019. During training, Joan Sebastian received the American Ballet Theatre National Training Program for outstanding talent, promise and abilities, attending the ABT Summer Intensive Programs in New York City for six consecutive years. He studied at The Rock School For Dance Education in Philadelphia, participated at the YAGP, received a scholarship to study and graduated from the Royal Ballet School in 2013.
Joan Sebastian was First Artist at the English National Ballet, danced with the Joffrey Ballet, soloist dancer at the Colombian Company of Ballet (CCB) and principal dancer at The Georgia Ballet. His experience as a professional dancer includes classical repertoire and works from choreographers like Christopher Wheeldon, Yuri Possokov, John Neumeier, Jerome Robbins, Arkam Khan, Alexander Ekman, Krzysztof Pastor, Val Caniparoli, and Annabel Lopez Ochoa, among others.
Joan Sebastian has guested with Los Angeles Ballet, numerous ballet schools and academies. He was also featured in the film and ballet documentary First Position by Bess Kargman. Awards include a Silver Medal in the 2010 Youth America Grand Prix, finalist at the 2010 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS, and a finalist in the 2013 English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Competition. In 2014 he was commended by the mayor of the municipality of Santiago de Cali; (premio a la Caleñidad) for his outstanding work in art and dance worldwide.
The 2023/24 season will be his first with BalletMet.
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