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Reid Olson
Adult Ballet / Yoga

Reid Olson, a native of St. Anthony Idaho, began his ballet training in Los Angeles with Mahri Coshever, Stanley Holden, and Irina Kosmovska. He continued his studies at the School of American Ballet in New York under a full Ford Foundation scholarship.

As a Principal Dancer with the Los Angeles Ballet, he performed an extensive repertoire of lead roles, not only in classics such as Nutcracker and Coppelia, but also in a vast number of George Balanchine masterpieces, including The Four Temperaments; Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; Rubies and Tarantella. Artistic Director John Clifford created many original roles for him, as did numerous guest choreographers. Mr. Olson also performed as a soloist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle; as well as with Ballet Chicago. He danced as a guest artist with regional companies throughout the United States and Europe.

Mr. Olson can be seen on the commercial videotape "Pas de Deux", dancing Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux with Patricia McBride of the New York City Ballet. He has also danced in several film and television productions.

Mr. Olson also coaches and choreographs, and has assisted in the staging of ballets on companies around the world; including Rome Opera Ballet and Ballet del Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Matthew Bourne, artistic director of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake (et al) regularly invites Mr. Olson to teach company class for his dancers whenever they are performing here in Los Angeles.

Currently Mr. Olson teaches advanced professional ballet classes at the Dance Arts Academy in Hollywood.