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Jonas Kåge Artistic Director for Nordic Baltic Ballet Competition
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A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Jonas began his dance studies with the Royal Swedish Ballet School, later joining the Royal Swedish Ballet where he received international recognition when he danced Romeo in Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet at the age of 19.

At the recommendation of Erik Bruhn Jonas joined American Ballet Theater where he quickly rose to the rank of principal dancer.  At the invitation of Glen Tetley he joined the Stuttgart Ballet and during this season he had ballets created especially for him by Tetley and Jiri Kylian as well as dancing leading roles in John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, and Eugene Onegin.

Jonas was a permanent member of the Geneva and Zurich Ballet, under the directorship of George Balanchine and Patricia Neary and performed as a guest artist with numerable companies including English National Ballet, National Ballet of Portugal, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Munich Opera house, Vienna Staatsoper, Aterbaletto, the Royal Swedish Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. During this time he returned to ABT at the invitation of Mikhail Baryshnikov to perform in his production of Don Quixote and in Glen Tetley’s Sphinx and Voluntaries, as well as Tudor’s The leaves are Fading which was created for Jonas and Gelsey Kirkland.  Also during this time Jiri Kylian choreographed Intimate Letters for Swedish Television which featured Jonas, Niklas Ek and Gerd Andersson.

From 1988-1995 Kåge was artistic director of the Malmö Ballet, Sweden. In 1993 Jonas was awarded the Thalia prize for his production of Swan Lake for the Malmö ballet and in 1994 he received the Carina Ari medal, Sweden’s highest dance award, for his contributions to the Swedish dance world nationally and internationally.

During his international career Jonas has partnered numerous well-known ballerinas including Anneli Alhanko, Gerd Andersson, Eva Evdokimova, Carla Fracci, Cynthia Gregory, Martine van Hamel, Gelsey Kirkland, Birgit Keil, Karen Kain, Natalia Makarova, Patricia Ruanne, Astrid Struwer, Marianna Tcherkassky and Elizabetta Terabust.

As a dancer Jonas worked personally with choreographers Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Josè Limon, Anthony Tudor, Kenneth MacMillan, Glen Tetley, Eliot Feld, Jiri Kylian, Christopher Bruce, Hans van Manen, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, William Forsythe, Robert North, Heinz Spoerli, Birgit Cullberg, and Ronald Hynd.

Kåge is married to Deborah Dobson, a former soloist with American Ballet Theater and former principal dancer with the Zurich Ballet and English National Ballet. Together they formed a dancing partnership that spanned more than 20 years.

In 1997, after 22 years performing in Europe, Jonas, together with Deborah and daughter Isabelle, relocated to Salt Lake City to become the artistic director of Ballet West.  Under Kåge’s direction works by international masters George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Hans van Manen, Glen Tetley, Christopher Bruce, Birgit Cullberg, John Cranko, Ted Brandsen, Lila York, Val Caniparoli, Richard Tanner, Peter Schaufuss and Willian Forsythe, and Kåge’s productions of Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet entered the repertoire. Kåge directed Ballet West for nine years, finishing in June 2006 when he relocated to Dalarna, Sweden.

Jonas  participated as panel member at the Tudor 100th year Celebration at Julliard in June 2008.

Since January 2011 Jonas is a member of the advisory committee, appointed by the Swedish government, for the reorganization of the Royal Swedish Ballet School.

Jonas was guest teacher for the National Ballet of Finland,  Bayerisches StaatsBallet, Munich and the National Ballet of Portugal, Lisbon in 2013, 2014 and taught at MasterClass Urbania, Italy summer 2015.

Jonas has been artistic director of the annual Nordic Baltic Ballet Competition (NBBC) held in Falun, Sweden since 2011 and is freelance teacher, consult and choreographer.



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