Corps de Ballet, Ballet San Antonio
Lelan Lewis was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In 2011, he joined a small dance studio named Willow Street Studios, where he studied classical ballet, contemporary, tap, hip-hop, and musical theater dance. In 2016, he competed in the Youth America Grand Prix. Following the competition, he was accepted into University of North Carolina School of the Arts, under the direction of Susan Jaffe, Artistic Director and Dean of American Ballet Theater (ABT) who was a former principal ballerina for ABT. After graduation, he joined Ballet Theater of Maryland as a Soloist in 2020. In 2022 he joined Ballet San Antonio.
His repertoire includes the Cavalier in Ethan Stiefal’s The Nutcracker, the Blue Bird Pas de Duex in Sleeping Beauty, the Grand Pas de Duex in Paquita, the Pas de Sclave Variation in Le Corsaire, First Pas de Duex in Susan Jaffe’s Carmina Terra, First Solo in Azure Barton’s Happy Little Things, Jonathan in Ballet Theater of Maryland’s production of Dracula and the White Stripes Pas de Duex in Ballet Theater of Maryland’s production of American Ballads.
GET TO KNOW
When did you start dancing and why?
A. I started my classical ballet training at the age of 18.
What inspired you? What inspires you as a pro?
What inspired me was watching great ballet dancers and learning everything about Classical Ballet when I first started. I’m inspired even more today when I watch dancers as a professional in the industry myself. I will always enjoy discovering everything I can about classical ballet. I’m inspired by all the places I have danced and currently dancing at, as well as all the opportunities I have now of performing roles that I had dreamed of performing.
Why did you choose BSA, and for some both BSA-SBSA?
I chose Ballet San Antonio because they have a great repertoire of classical works, great opportunities to perform and give great opportunities for me to grow as a dancer!