Hi, my name is Jared Bogart. I was raised in a small town outside of Tampa, Florida, called Crystal River. I joined BH in 2017 after I graduated from college.
I have had so many people supporting me in dance for many years, but my parents, grandparents, and college dance teachers are the ones that have made the biggest impact on me.
I first knew I wanted to be a professional dancer when I was a freshman in college. My parents were dance teachers so I danced all my life, and I was grateful to get a scholarship to go to college. It was not until I was there that I fell in love with the art of dance and understood the dynamics of movement and emotion that I could emote to touch those watching. I like to say my parents gave me a great foundation for technique and my college teachers gave me the reason for moving. They helped me grow my emotional side. Dance was not just steps anymore.
My first show was in Dallas and I was so excited to be doing what I loved as a profession. It is so hard to pick a favorite performance. I mean, every chance to perform out of the country has been special, but I would have to say the first year performed Linea Recta in front of friends and family in Sarasota, Florida is my favorite. I just remember being so ready to go all out and give it my all!
I actually chose to come to Ballet Hispánico when I was a senior in college. I needed to start auditioning if I wanted to make this my career. I saw they were having an audition during my spring break, so I booked a last minute ticket to New York and I got the job. I had seen some of their work before and really loved the versatility that was in their repertory. I am all about versatility, so that was something that drew me in even more.
While live shows and the arts are taking a big hit during the pandemic, I feel that people are yearning to see more dance live. Dance has the opportunity to be stronger and more impactful than ever before.