Jekyns Pelaez


Address: [Provided upon request] Los Angeles, CA 


Tel: 408-605-7218

Summary of Skills and Experience


• Extensive experience as performer and leader in Educational, Dance, Theatre, Opera and Film organizations

• Avid collaborator with local artists

• Widespread dance performance experience in Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz

• Proficient in Microsoft Office and Apple Final Cut Pro, AE, Da Vinci Resolve and Final Draft

• Excellent interpersonal, organizational and researching skills

• Bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish

Work experience



Orange Coast Community College, Costa Mesa, CA 2018

• Lectured and Instructed Intermediate and Advance Dance

• Prepared choreography for Spring shows.


California School of the Arts - SGV. Duarte, California 2018

• Lectured Dance to High School students


Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA 2017

• Lectured Dance, Dance Theory and Visual Arts to High School students



California State University, Los Angeles, CA 2013

• Lectured Dance Theory and History to student ages 18 to 21

• Prepared written and oral exams, memos, letters and flyers

• Scheduled lecturers, instructed dance workshops and choreographies

• Managed large classroom attendance, interactive workshops and grading

• Taught in both English and Spanish


Lecturer and Choreographer

California State University, Los Angeles, CA 2013-2014

• Prepared choreography for International Day of Dance Celebration

• Created flyers and arranged photo shoots for publicity

• Helped organize interactive activities for visitors

• Organized meetings, day trips and rehearsals


Pasadena Civic Ballet. Pasadena, CA 2018

South Bay Dance Center

Diablo Ballet

Several Collaborative Projects in CA, NC 

• Prepared choreography for season shows.

• Organized Rehearsals.

Dance Teacher

North and Southern California, CA 2001-present

• Instructed Classical Ballet at over 20 dance schools

• Conducted summer programs, dance workshops and student productions

• Performed in more than 50 school productions

• Choreographed group and solo dance numbers for competitions



San Francisco and Los Angeles Opera, CA 2007-2018

• Performed as dancer and actor in over 20 operas

• Executed principal roles reviewed by local critics

• Performed dance choreographies, theatrical movement and stage fighting

• Member of San Francisco Opera Tenure Dancers roster


Guest Dancer and Actor

International, San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles, CA 2001-Present

• Danced with Ballet San Jose, Diablo Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Ohio Ballet, Chatauqua Ballet, Ballet Arizona, AVA Ballet, among others

• Performed dance choreography, theatrical movement and outreach events

• Formed part from inception of the cast of The Tosca Project at ACT

• Participated in Outreach shows for Under-represented youth

• Participated in feature and low budget films, theatre productions, and has

been interviewed by TV stations and newspapers

• Performed in 160 productions, with international and local choreographers

• Performed and lectured in dance festivals in Cuba, Colombia and Thailand

• Received state medal of honor in Colombia in recognition of international achievement

• Participated in 5 International dance festivals and The IBC in Jackson, MS

• Performed in The Americas and Asia

• Collaborated in the inception of the first web series, CSU-LA Film department



California State University, Los Angeles, CA 2011-2014

• Directed and conceived performance ideas in Dance, Theatre and Film

• Managed all aspects of the publicity department for Web series

• Conducted acting and dance workshops, rehearsals and outreach events

• Created original work and coordinated Union relationship

• Conceived, produced, hired talent, acted, edited and budgeted thesis project




Director and Producer 2006-present

• Short films and theater in San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles

• CSU-Los Angeles and Los Angeles Theatre Center, CA

• Co-Founder of Historian Theatre of Art, Charlotte, NC



• Renaissance Mid-Peninsula, San Francisco Bay Area, CA 2007-2008

• Internship, Nova Filmhouse, Inc. Los Angeles, CA 2013




M.F.A in Performance in TV, Film and Theater, California State University, Los Angeles, CA

B.A in Performing Arts, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, CA

Film and Drama San Francisco City College, San Francisco, CA

Dance Pedagogy Certificate, National Ballet of Cuba, Havana, Cuba

Drama at School of Digital Filmmaking, San Francisco, CA

Entrepreneurship Certification from Loyola Marymount University

UC Berkeley Extension, Berkeley, CA

San Jose City College, San Jose, CA

Dance at Instituto Colombiano de Ballet, Cali, Colombia

Drama at Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes, Cali, Colombia

2010 - present

2010 - present

© 2020 by Jekyns Pelaez. 

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