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New York, New York
Joined ABT 2009
Photo: Renata Pavam
Jose Sebastian, a native of New York City, started his dance training at age 8 with the School of American Ballet and continued training there for nearly 10 years. He received additional ballet training at Studio Maestro and private training with Fabrice Herrault and Olga Kostritzky.
His performance experience includes Scenes de Ballet choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini by Benjamin Millepied and Square Dance and Western Symphony choreographed by George Balanchine, among others.
Sebastian joined ABT Studio Company in 2006 and American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in January 2009 and became a member of the corps de ballet in January 2010. His repertoire with the Company includes the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, a Persian Man in the Golden Cockerel, the Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a Fairy Knight in The Sleeping Beauty, a Fairy Cavalier and the English Prince in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, von Rothbart and the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake, Jaseion in Sylvia, leading roles in AFTERITE, Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, Thirteen Diversions and A Time There Was, and featured roles in Company B, Deuce Coupe, Dream within a Dream (deferred), Private Light, Raymonda Divertissements, Sinfonietta and Songs of Bukovina. He created roles in the first production of Aftereffect (2013) and the new production of AfterEffect (2015).
In 2020, Sebastian was appointed director of ABT Incubator, ABT’s choreographic workshop program for inspiring the creation of new work.
ABT is grateful to Karen C. Phillips and Theo Ueng for supporting the Dancer Fund in honor of Jose Sebastian.
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