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Jekyns Peláez

A dancer, actor, educator and filmmaker. Jekyns began his studies in Drama and Dance at Bellas Artes in his native Colombia. Later, he graduated in Dance at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet, and subsequently joined the Ballet de Cali. Also, he has danced with Ballet Arizona, Ohio Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, MFDP/SF, Histrion Theatre of Art, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, American Conservatory Theatre, Oakland Ballet, Diablo Ballet, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, among other appearances as guest artist.

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His principal dance repertoire includes Balanchine’s Apollo and Serenade, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Esplanade, Carmen. In theatre, The Man of the Suitcase, The Tosca Project and No Exit, as well as appearances in films like Love Hurts, Blue Jasmine and HBO's Perry Mason. In opera, in addition to the principal roles in Marta Domingo’s La Traviata, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci and  Zambello's Aida at San Francisco Opera, he has performed in Barber of Seville, Cyrano de Bergerac, Turandot, Nixon in China, Madame Butterfly, Moby Dick, Show Boat, Sweeney Todd, among others. At the Los Angeles Opera in Simon Boccanegra, Barber of Seville and Carmen.

Along with extensive national and international touring and guesting, Jekyns has appeared in international dance festivals in Thailand, Cuba and Colombia, as well as in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. 

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He graduated with honors both with a B.A in Performing Arts from the LEAP Program at St. Mary’s College as well as with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Performance in Film, Theatre and Television from California State University. He is also a proud member of the SAG-AFTRA and AGMA performers' unions.  In addition to receiving the Colombian State Department Honor in Excellence, other careers highlights include being a recipient of the Sono Osato award scholarship from The Actor's Fund, a Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship, a Dance Pedagogy Certificate from The National Ballet of Cuba, and a featured article in Pointe Magazine.

Lastly, Jekyns enjoys being invited to teach at several dance schools nationwide, and has been faculty California State University,  Orange Coast Community College and California School of the Arts.