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Lars Nelson is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and began his dance training at the age of 11 at the Grand Rapids Ballet Company.

Having studied privately under SAB alumni Jefferson Baum for two years, he began studying at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, during the 2006 summer course and enrolled as a full-time student in the fall of 2007.

In August of 2010, Mr. Nelson became an apprentice with NYCB and the following August, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.

Portrait © Paul Kolnik


  • Chaconne
  • The Four Temperaments
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom, Lysander)
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Hot Chocolate, Dr Stahlbaum)
  • Orpheus (Apollo)
  • Prodigal Son
  • Scotch Symphony
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue 
  • La Sonnambula
  • Union Jack


  • The Sleeping Beauty (Court Jester, Wolf)
  • Swan Lake (Spanish)


  • Bright
  • Copland Dance Episodes


  • Judah


  • The Concert
  • Fancy Free
  • Fanfare (Bassons)

Silas Farley

  • Architects of Time

Lauren Lovette

  • Not Our Fate

Justin Peck

  • Copland Dance Episodes

Warren Carlyle

  • SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT Jerome Robbins, Broadway to Ballet


  • Les Bosquets

Edwaard Liang

  • Lineage

Lauren Lovette

  • For Clara
  • The Shaded Line

Peter Martins

  • Ocean's Kingdom

Benjamin Millepied

  • Two Hearts

Justin Peck

  • The Most Incredible Thing
  • Principia
  • Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
  • The Times Are Racing

Alexei Ratmansky

  • Odesa

Christopher Wheeldon

  • American Rhapsody

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Lars Nelson

For Lars Nelson, it all began with a grand jeté onto the NYCB stage. Hear about that first big leap, his affinity for Jimmy Buffett’s prose, and a personal hero whose cause resonates with Lars’ experiences.