International Jury Member
Balletmaster, Coach, Choreographer, Ballet&Theatrical Jazz Dance Teacher Expert in Modern&Contemporary Techniques, trained by Lucas Hoving (Limón) and Pearl Lang (Graham).
Benjamin Feliksdal was born in 1940 and trained from the age of 10 years old at The Ballet Conservatoire the Haque, Ballet Academy Amsterdam, Ballet Rambert School, London. During his professional performing career 1959-1973 he was soloist and principal dancer with The Dutch National Ballet and The Royal Ballet of Flanders.
He has been a jurymember of several International Ballet Competitions.
He served on the jury panel from:
- International Dance Competition “Talent Garden 2.0” Genua Italy 2016
- International Dance Competition TanzOlymp 2015
- International Dance Competition TanzOlymp 2014
- International Ballet Competition Varna 2010
- Concorso Internationale Di Danza Modica Italy 2009
- Choreography Competition Vitebsk Belarus 1999
- Choreography Competition Vitebsk Belarus 1997
- International Ballet Competition Varna 1996 and
- Concours International de Danse de Paris France 1994
During the event “Cultural City of Europe 1990”, Feliksdal was apppointed artistic director of the international project “Young Europeans Dance in Glasgow”
Feliksdal will continue to contribute, by coaching young talented dancers in the final stage of there preparation in order to participate in International Dance&ballet Competitions World Wide.
Benjamin Feliksdal created and is author of methodic dance books and publications on contemporary issues. Member of The International Dance Council CID-UNESCO.
Dancers: Rudolf Nureyev, Benjamin Feliksdal, Yvonne Vendrig
C.V. – Benjamin Feliksdal -The Netherlands
Benjamin Feliksdal was born in 1940 in Den Helder, North Holland. He received his professional ballet taining in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rome and London, educated in classical academic ballet and modern contemporary dance by the well-known pedagogues Florrie Rodrigo, Pieter van der Sloot, Lucas Hoving and Marie Rambert School in London. During his performing career 1959-1973 he was a soloist and principal dancer with The Dutch National Ballet and The Royal Ballet of Flanders.
His repertoire as principal dancer included an impressive number of classical and contemporary works from choreographers such as George Balanchine, David Lichine, Leonide Massine, George Skibine, Harold Lander, Kurt Jooss, Nicolas Beriozoff, Igor Belski, John Taras, Henryk Tamaszewski, Brian Macdonald, Anne Markard and performed in ballets like Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadère, Le Prisonnier Du Caucase, Les Présages, Suite en Blanc, Apollon Musagete, The Miraculous Mandarin, Serenade, The Four Temperaments, Symphony in C, Dessins Pour les Six, The Green Table, Persophoné, Shirah, Jungle. The highlight of his career with The Dutch National Ballet was the partner role with Rudolf Nureyev in “Monument for a Dead Boy”, choreography by Rudi van Dantzig.
After his professional dance career Feliksdal specialized in professional ballet teaching and in theatrical jazz dance and tap dance. He was able to develop a modern theatrical modern jazz dance technique integrating elements of authentic jazz movements, ethnic, tap dance, modern dance and ballet. During the years 1975-1987 Feliksdal founded and headed Benjamin’s Modern Jazz Dance Center, “European School of Theatre Dance” and directed “The Theatre Dance Workshop Company” in Amsterdam
Feliksdal became a dance pioneer in professional theatrical modern jazz dance training in the Netherlands, England, Germany, Russia, Finland, Bulgaria and in other European Countries. Throughout these years Feliksdal worked on different occasions as ballet master, teacher and coach at Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Center, NYC; Dance Theater of Harlem, NYC; The Gus Giordano Dance Center, Chicago; London Contemporary Dance School, London; Vaganova Ballet Academy, St.Petersburg; Gitis, Moscow; Palucca Schule, Dresden and Staatliche Balletschule, Berlin.
During the event “CULTURAL CITY OF EUROPE 1990” Feliksdal was appointed artistic director of the International Project “YOUNG EUROPEANS DANCE IN GLASGOW”.
Benjamin Feliksdal has been on the panel of a number of International Ballet Competitions since 1994: TanzOlymp 2015, TanzOlymp 2014, International Ballet Competition Varna 2010, Concorso Internationale Di Danza Modica, Italy 2009, Choreography Competition, Vitebsk, Belarus 1997-1999, International Ballet Competition Varna 1996. Concours International de Danse de Paris, France 1994. In 2010 Feliksdal was invited for Soul International Dance Festival to lecture at the Forum on this special Korea Event. As a choreographer he had assignments in Holland, TV productions; Germany, Friedrichstadt Palast, Berlin; Israel, Bat Dor, Company-School; Canada, Company Ballet Jazz de Montreal; Switzerland, TV production. Benjamin Feliksdal is author of methodic dance books and publications on contemporary issues. Member of the International Dance Council Conseil International de la Danse CID-UNESCO.
Benjamin Feliksdal – Jozef Israelskade 101 II – 1074 TC Amsterdam – The Netherlands