Prof. Jason Beechey

Rector

PLACE OF BIRTH

Born in Vancouver, Canada

EDUCATION

  • Canada's National Ballet School
  • Vaganova Ballet Academy
  • School of American Ballet

CAREER

  • London City Ballet (Solist)
  • Charleroi Danses, Charleroi, Belgien
  • Pedagogical Director, Charleroi Danses – National Choreographic Centre, Belgien
  • Teaching Diploma, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Frankreich
  • Co-founder/co-ordinator of the D.A.N.C.E. Programme together with William Forsythe, Frédéric Flamand, Wayne McGregor, Angelin Preljocaj
  • Rector of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden 

FUNCTIONS/MEMBERSHIPS

  • Juror Youth America Grand Prix
  • Artistic Director, Biennial Dance Education 2014 and 2022  
  • Former member of the Artistic Committee of the Prix de Lausanne
  • Former 1st speaker at the Dance Training Conference
  • Invitations as guest lecturer for classical dance (e. g., SAB)     

ABOUT MY WORK

My goal is to continuously develop the Palucca University of Dance Dresden so that creative learning plays a central role in all areas. All students, whether in their training as dancers, dance educators or choreographers, should be encouraged to find their own voice. Each should be given the opportunity to learn individually, to grow, to take risks in order to develop into independent, creative artists. For me, the individual is the focus of a curriculum that is made up equally of the elements of classical dance, contemporary dance and improvisation and is intended to encourage everyone to explore these three mutually complementary disciplines. I hope that the boundaries between classical dance, improvisation and contemporary dance will disappear, thus creating new forms of artistic expression. I am working on establishing the Palucca University of Dance Dresden as a vibrant creative centre of dance education with regional, national and international relevance.