BENJAMIN FELIKSDAL: REHEARSEL DIRECTOR, BALLET MASTER, AUTHOR AND MASTER TEACHER.
Born in 1940 January 22, Feliksdal began his professional dance training 1954-1958 in classical ballet and modern dance by well known Dutch pedagogues such as Florrie Rodrigo, Ineke Sluiter and Lucas Hoving (Lemon Company N.Y.C.). He continued his education in 1959-1960 with Pieter van der Sloot in Rome and finished his studies at the Marie Rambert school of ballet in London. In sept. 1960 he joined Het Nederlands Ballet from Sonia Gaskell. In the following year 1961 he joined the new National Ballet of the Netherlands under direction of Sonia Gaskell and since 1965 with co-artistic director Rudi van Dantzig. Other teachers and choreographers he worked with were Nathalia Orlowskaya, Vitaly Ossins, Igor Belski, Hector Zaraspe, Roland Casenave, Karel Shook, Leonid Massine, Maurice Béjart, George Balanchine, John Taras, Pearl Lang, Kurt Jooss and Rudi van Dantzig.
During his performing career as principal dancer with Het Nationale Ballet and the Royal Ballet of Flanders he danced different roles with these companies. Swan Lake, Von Rothbart; Romeo and Julia, Tybaldo; Apollon Musagête, Apollon; La Bayadère, Solor; Le Prisonnier du Caucase, The Eagle; The Green Table; Four Temperaments; Symphony in C; Serenade; Les Présages. The climax in his performing career was his partner-role with Rudolf Nureyev in “Monument for a dead boy” by Rudi van Dantzig, which was performed all over Europe. After his professional dance career and leaving in 1971 Het Nationale Ballet and the Royal Ballet of Flanders in 1972, he specialized in methodic ballet teaching and created a modern theatrical jazz dance technique. In the period 1975-1986 he initiated, founded and directed “European School of Jazz Dance”; “Theater Dance Workshop” and “Musical 1986”.
Feliksdal was widely in demand as international guest teacher in the period 1976-1996 several times invited by Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Center; Dance Theatre of Harlem; Gus Giordano Dance Center; Bat-Dor dance Company & School; Kuopio Music & Dance Festival; Staatliche Ballet schule, Berlin; Palucca schule, Dresden; London Contemporary Dance School, London; the International Summer Ballet Academy Varna 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996; Gitis, Institute for performing Art, Moscow; Vaganova Choreographic School, St.Petersburg; Moscow Chamber Ballet, Moscow and Le Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Canada. Since 2010-2015 guest teacher & coach in Bulgaria and The Netherlands.
During 1990-1991 Feliksdal was appointed artistic director of the International Dance Project “Young Europeans Dance in Glasgow” Cultural City of Europe.
Feliksdal’s teaching methods well known in The Netherlands were documented in several books.
Feliksdal was several times invited to join the international panel of jury members:
International Dance Competition 2016: “Talent Garden 2.0” Genua Italy
TanzOlymp 2015 International Ballet Festival
TanzOlymp 2014 International Ballet Festival
Ballet Competition Varna 2010
Concorso Internazionale di Danza Modica, Italy 2009
Choreography Competition, Vitebsk, Belarus 1999
Choreography Competition, Vitebsk, Belarus 1997
International Ballet Competition Varna 1996
Concours International De Danse de Paris, France 1994
Member of the International Dance council Conseil International De La Danse CID- Unesco.