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Director / Founder and Dance Teacher
French born Jean-Pascal decided he wanted to be a ballet dancer at the tender age of three.
His professional dancing career began at 17 with L’Opera d’Avignon and continued with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and Deustche Oper Ballet in Berlin, where he performed in ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Onegin.
During his 14 year professional dancing career he was fortunate to be able to perform on stage with several eminent artists including the world renowned and remarkable Rudolf Nureyev. He also coached and rehearsed some of his Company colleagues. In 1999 Jean-Pascal joined the English National Ballet School as a permanent teacher where he stayed for five years. He then decided to become a freelance teacher. Jean-Pascal holds the French State Ballet Teachers Diploma.
In 2008, for his personal development and to further expand his knowledge of body movement, Jean-Pascal studied to become a qualified Pilates instructor which has further enabled him to develop a teaching style to help both young students and adults to enjoy dancing, understand and work with their personal ability, physique and potential in a fun but still disciplined atmosphere.
In founding his ballet school in 2010, Jean-Pascal’s goal is to offer student dancers– of ALL ages the best education in ballet whether attending classes as a hobby, exercise, love of dance movement or of course as a potential profession where his own professional connections and previous experience may provide useful guidance.
Ecole de Danse ballet school is based at Heaver Studios and now proudly has approaching 100 students attending – and is still growing strongly!
David started dancing at the age of three and in his many years of training has studied classical ballet in a variety of styles – including, Cecchetti, the Russian school and Balanchine – as well as jazz, tap, a whole plethora of contemporary and modern dance techniques, drama, speech, singing and even story telling.
David graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban and also enriched his training with time spent dancing in America where he started his professional performance career with Burlyn Ballet Theatre and Kim Robards Dance, touring all over the USA to theatres which include the Joyce Soho in New York. David now works with Chantry Dance Company – a professional theatrical contemporary ballet company, as Assistant to the Director. He has also presented his own work with Collisions Dance Company which he founded in 2008 and toured its work to many major cities in the UK. David has also performed with companies such as Gleich Dances, Aegis Live Arts, Secret Cinema and Cirque Bijou. His classes bring together his wide range of training to create classes that work on developing co-ordination, technique, fitness and an understanding of how the body works, in a way that is exciting, focused and creative.
Whether you attend David’s classes for fun or with an aim to pursue a career in the arts you will take away new skills and great memories!