Jacob Sparso, a native of Copenhagen, Denmark, received his training there and made his debut with the Royal Danish Ballet at the age of 10.  He has been a principal dancer with Dallas Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium, Baltimore Ballet, and Oklahoma City Ballet.  He also appeared as a guest artist with Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo for five years during its Japanese tours.  His dancing has taken him to England, Germany, Turkey, Greece, Russian, Holland, China, Japan, and throughout the United States, and he has danced for royalty in Belgium and Denmark.

Sparso has restaged ballets for Fleming Flindt, former director of the Royal Danish Ballet, including Phaedre on Ballet San Jose and Ballet International, and The Three Musketeers on Komisch Opera Ballet in Berlin.  He has created ballets for Dallas Black Dance Theater, Dallas Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Turtle Creek Choral Society, and Oklahoma City Ballet.  Among his most notable works for OKC Ballet are The Wizard of Oz and The Phantom of the Opera, which was called “a lavishly beautiful new production” by The Oklahoman in 2010.  Sparso began his affiliation with OKC Ballet as a dancer with the company in 1996, retired from the stage in 2009, and served as Ballet Master until 2016.  He recently staged August Bournonville’s La Sylphide for the company, in February of 2019.

 

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