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The Premise

As a ballet dancer, you start to develop a sense of “what” and “who” ballet is. You’ll see shows, attend summer intensives, and eventually join companies where you’ll discover the type of person who makes it. We all have preconceived ideas about ballet dancers. But are they actually true? We analyze publicly-available dancer information to develop a clearer picture of American ballet.

The Approach

All data is gathered from publicly available sources (company websites). Data going back to the 2018 – 2019 season was originally limited to seven companies (New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet) but has expanded to include twenty-six.

The People

Jason Yeung

A Texas native, Jason Yeung is currently a combined MD/PhD student. His prior education includes a BS in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University and an MS in Infectious Disease and Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Before pursuing a career as a physician scientist, Jason was a ballet dancer. Having trained at the HARID Conservatory, Jason went on to dance with Tulsa Ballet II and won awards at the 2015 Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition Finals and Semi-finals. He also joined the Research Advisory Council of Dance Data Project® in 2020, a 501(c)(3) status non-profit organization which “promotes equity in all aspects of classical ballet by providing metrics-based analysis”.