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Jerry Kokich

Jerry was born in New York into a theatre family. His father, Kazimir Kokich, danced with the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo, and was on Broadway in “Oklahoma!”, ‘Bells Are Ringing”, “Bye, Bye, Birdie” and many others. Jerry’s mother, Iva Withers, was in the original cast of “Carousel”, as well as the original productions of “Oklahoma!”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”; 24 Broadway productions in all.

Jerry started his ballet training with Tina Youskevitch and Gabriella Darvash in NY, then went to SAB (Balanchine’s New York CIty Ballet school), studying with Richard Rapp, Stanley Williams, and Andrei Kramerevsky, before joining The Joffrey II Dancers, and then The Joffrey Ballet, where he danced for 8 years in such ballets as “Rodeo”, “The Green Table”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Suite St. Saens” and numerous others.

Jerry has taught at the Joffrey School in NY, South Bay Ballet, Santa Clarita Ballet Academy, Extensions Performing Arts Academy, Los Angeles Ballet Academy and the Vonder Haar Center for The Performing Arts. Former students have danced with The Joffrey, the Los Angeles Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Dresden Ballet, Alonzo King’s Lines, and in the finals of the YAGP competition in New York.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

  • The Nutcracker
    Marsee Auditorium
    El Camino College Center for the Performing Arts
    16007 Crenshaw Blvd • Torrance, CA 90506
    310.329.5345 • www.centerforthearts.org

    Saturday, December 16, 2017 • 2pm
    Sunday, December 17, 2017 • 2pm