associate artistic director
SSasha Janes, Associate Artistic Director & Carmen Choreographer
Sasha Janes was born in Perth, Australia, and received his formal dance training from the
Australian Ballet School. He has danced professionally with the West Australian Ballet, Australian Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Dayton Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theatre. In 2006 Janes was commissioned to choreograph his first ballet, Lascia la Spina, Cogli la Rosa, and since then he has choreographed many ballets for NC Dance Theatre, including Rhapsodic Dances, which was performed as part of the Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America series in June 2013. TheWashington Post called Janes “a choreographer to watch.” Janes was invited to participate in the New York Choreographic Institute’s spring session, where he created Murmuration on the students of the School of American Ballet. In the spring of 2013, Janes created Dominant Curves for Richmond Ballet’s New
Works Festival. Janes was a dancer and with North Carolina Dance Theatre for eight seasons before being
named associate artistic director in 2012.