Reid Olson began his ballet training in Los Angeles with Mahri Coshever, Stanley Holden, and Irina Kosmovska. He continued his studies at the School of American Ballet in New York under a full Ford Foundation scholarship.
As a Principal Dancer with the Los Angeles Ballet, he performed the lead roles in classics such as The Nutcracker and Coppelia, and a vast number of George Balanchine masterpieces, including The Four Temperaments, Rubies and Tarantella. Artistic Director John Clifford created many original roles for him, as did numerous guest choreographers. Olson can be seen on the commercial videotape "Pas de Deux", dancing Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux with Patricia McBride of the New York City Ballet. He has also danced in several film and television productions.
Reid Olson coaches, choreographs and has assisted in the staging of ballets on companies around the world including Rome Opera Ballet and Ballet del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Matthew Bourne, artistic director of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake (et al) regularly invites Olson to teach company class for his dancers whenever they are performing here in Los Angeles.