Watching students living their passion and supporting them in chasing their dreams on a daily basis is an amazing thing to be a part of.
Jared started dancing at a very young age at his Grandmothers’ prestigious dance school in South Africa. A passion for performing as well as teaching runs deep in his family.
Jared went on to graduate from The University of Technology with a dance degree and specialized in numerous genres of dance. Since graduation, Jared has taught extensively at various studios and after-school dance programs in South Africa for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. He taught a variety of styles including Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Commercial, Afro-Jazz and Show Dance (Adage).
Some of the highlights of his career include the following: Lead dance role in the international touring cast of ‘High School Musical Live On Stage’ Asia, played Bartholomew in Jesus Christ Superstar – Andrew Lloyd Webber (South Africa), South African Idol – touring with top South African recording artists, dance rolls in various South African movies, dance captain in numerous corporate events. Some of the other highlights were performances alongside Cirque du Soleil solo artists, Edyta Sliwinska (Dancing with the Stars USA) and Broadway star Amra Faye Wright (longstanding lead in Chicago) Since his arrival in Dubai in 2012 he had been performing at some of the UAE’s most prestigious venues and events. Jared had performed in opening acts for international artists such as Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dog.
He also performed at the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix, My Music X, Alchemy Music Festival, The Oil Barons’ Ball with Heather Small from M People, Dubai World Cup Closing Ceremony, World Jiu Jitsu Championships Abu Dhabi (Assistant Choreographer), Dubai Rugby 7’s Opening Ceremony, Dubai National Day, Dubai Sports Awards, Sky Dive Dubai World Championships, Rolls Royce Launch, McLaren Launch, Hyundai Global, Virgin Radio 20 Schools in 20 Days, USA Mayor Bloomberg’s Event, Dubai International Film Festival, Ahlan Hot 100 and the Middle East Event Awards to name a few
Jared also choreographed shows internationally including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Seychelles and South Africa.
Jared or ‘Derek’ (as he is sometimes known) teaches Musical Theatre Dance, Contemporary and Dance Fusion.