Jared Khalifa
Actor, Dancer, Singer
UBCP | ACTRA
“Decide that you want it more than you’re afraid of it.”

Jared is a multidisciplinary artist and athlete, born and raised in Vancouver. Jared’s interests in music and movement first sparked while training in capoeira, leading him to pursue gymnastics, voice and musical theatre. As a tumbler, Jared has competed globally – representing Canada at three World Age Group Championships, earning two World Cup Silver medals, twelve National Championship medals and three Canadian titles. Alongside his gymnastics career, Jared continued to work in the theatre industry and has been seen as Chip in Beauty and the Beast (The Arts Club), Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat (Royal City Musical Theatre), the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and live appearances in concert with Barry Mainlow, Foreigner and Eric Church with the group Showstoppers.

At his final National Championships, Jared was scouted by Cirque Du Soleil and offered a select position in the Performance Preparation Program at Cirque IHQ in Montreal. While there, he continued his training in teeterboard, tumbling, dance, physical acting and voice. Shortly after, he signed to the original cast of the arena touring show OVO. While touring North America, he had the additional opportunity to train in aerial straps, cerceau, hand balancing and contortion.

Following his time with Cirque, Jared dove into the Film/TV industry as a dancer, actor and stunt performer. He can be seen dancing in Descendants 3 (Disney), The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix), Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC), Motherland: Fort Salem (Freeform), Cinderella Story: A Christmas Wish (Warner Bros), video games with EA Games, and more.

Jared’s teaching endeavors have led him across Canada, the United States and UK, working with a range of conventions, studios, and clients in both dance and other athletic disciplines.

Jared is also a current BA Psychology major and Theatre Studies minor at UBC, as well as a certified Corrective Exercise Specialist, Dance Conditioning/Injury Prevention Coach, and Sport Performance Specialist. He has conducted international teacher training programs for hand balancing and taught on behalf of companies such as Acrobatic Arts. When not teaching privately or at conventions, Jared can be found teaching at Harbour Dance Centre.

Jared continues to elevate his training through his academics at UBC, education in the sport/health industry, and his skills as a dancer/actor between Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York.