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Jason  Beechey

Rector of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden since August 2006, he is also the General Coordinator of the D.A.N.C.E Programme.

A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, he completed his training at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg and under Stanley Williams at the School of American Ballet in New York.

Beginning his career as a soloist with the London City Ballet, he then danced for fifteen years with Charleroi/Danses in Belgium. During his career, alongside an extensive exploration of interdisciplinary, improvisation based work with Frédéric Flamand, he had the fortune to create works with Stephen Petronio, Karole Armitage, Lucinda Childs, to collaborate with artists from other fields such as the Architects Zaha Hadid, Diller and Scofidio, as well as dancing repertoire from Paul Taylor, August Bournonville, Marius Petipa and Merce Cunningham amongst others.

Passionate for dance based upon ballet, contemporary and improvisation, as well as of providing opportunities for young dancers to explore their creativity, this lead him to assume parallel to his dance career, the position of Training Director for the National Choreographic Centre Charleroi/Danses, to founding his own studio in Brussels, “The Loft” and to the creation of the D.A.N.C.E. Programme, in close collaboration with William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Frédéric Flamand and Angelin Preljocaj.

Bringing his vision to the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden since 2006, this had lead to a redefinition of the profile of the University as well as the creation of new Initiatives, such as the Apprentice Programme with the Semperoper Ballet, Tanzplan Dresden and the building of a global Network of exchanges Programmes and Partner Schools.

He is the first speaker of the AKT Conference (Ausbildung Konferenz Tanz), which unites the ten professional dance training Institutions of Germany, serves regularly as a Jury Member for Youth America Grand Prix and is a member of the Artistic Committee of the Prix de Lausanne.