Jacob Jonas (Santa Monica, CA) is a choreographer, director and Artistic Director of Jacob Jonas The Company. He has been named “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, “Best New Force in L.A Dance” by LA Weekly, and “30 Under 30” by Jewish Journal. He was introduced to the art of dance at thirteen by the Calypso Tumblers, a street-performing group on the Venice Beach boardwalk. After receiving several awards for his independent work, Jacob was mentored by Donald Byrd, a Bessie award winner and Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle, WA.
Jacob’s works have been performed around North America including at The Kennedy Center, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and The Music Center. As a filmmaker, Jacob has directed and choreographed original dance films that have premiered on NOWNESS and in festivals including Dance Camera West and San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Jacob has worked in advertising and fashion for a variety of clients including Nike, James Perse, Sony, and The Getty Museum.
As a producer and activist for dance, Jacob initiated #CamerasandDancers -a monthly and location specific Instameet combing the art forms of dance and photography through partnerships with significant cultural institutions, dance companies, and social media influencers including The Metropolitan Museum, Seattle Public Library, Whitney Museum, The Royal Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, New York City Ballet, LINES Ballet and the top influencers on Instagram, reaching millions of followers. Additionally, Jacob annually produces To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier a free Santa Monica dance festival. He has presented international artists including Pilobolus, The 7 Fingers, Vincent Patterson, Ill-Abilities, Tony Testa, and The Seaweed Sisters and more.
As an educator, Jacob has been invited to lecture and give workshops at universities and cultural institutions including USC Kaufman School of Dance, UCLA World Arts and Culture, USC Marshall School of Business, Western Arts Alliance, CalArts, Axis Connect and UC Irvine. In addition, Jacob was an invited participant to the 2017 annual Arts Summit hosted by The Kennedy Center and Yo Yo Ma for his arts advocacy and innovative use connecting dance and social platforms.
Jacob founded his company in 2014 with partner Jill Wilson and lighting desinger Will Adashek to bring dance to a wider audience through collaboration, performance, media, and education. (@jacobjonasthecompany)