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Peter Brandenhoff

20 - 25 NOV, 2017

Peter Brandenhoff, a faculty member of The Ailey School—the affiliated school to The Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, will be returning to teach classes for the Orsolina28 for the week of Nov. 20th to the 26th. In addition to his position at Ailey, Mr. Brandenhoff is currently on the faculty of the French Academie of Ballet, as well as coaching professional dancers in New York City. Mr. Brandenhoff trained at The Royal Danish Ballet, and upon his graduation chose to leave Denmark to dance with the Boston Ballet II, before he joined the San Francisco Ballet. During his 15 year tenure with SFB he rose to soloist rank and performed a wide range of soloist and principal roles in works by Mark Morris, Helgi Tomasson, Yuri Possokhov, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, James Kudelka, David Bintley, Kenneth McMillan, Val Caniparoli and many more. Mr. Brandenhoff’s classes are a very unique combination of classical ballet technique with a distinct Bournonville influence. He is acclaimed as a highly charismatic and inspiring teacher with a grounded sense of discipline and focused technique, and his musical knowledge offers a sensitivity to music that enables his students to explore phrasing in new and exciting ways. Students have described his class as upbeat, strengthening, and extremely beneficial!

 A master class in Bournonville will be offered at the end of the week, where students will be taught additional exercises and variations from the Bournonville repertoire, as well as a small lecture on the characteristics of the style and the history of Bournonville and the Danish Ballet.

 

Peter Brandenhoff was born in Denmark and graduated from the Royal Danish Ballet. He danced with the Boston Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and San Francisco Ballet as a soloist. As a guest, he performed with Royal Winnipeg Ballet, South African Ballet Theatre and Mzansi Productions, Les Ballets Grandiva, and Stars of the Royal Danish Ballet. His repertoire spanned from the classics of Balanchine, Bournonville and Petipa to the ultra-modern Redha, and he has been part of creating works with Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Val Caniparoli and Yuri Possokhov.
Peter’s passion for teaching was born in 2004 when he helped initiate an outreach trip with San Francisco Ballet to teach in South African townships. In 2008 he joined the faculty at Ballet San Jose School creating a successful boys program there.
His teaching engagements include Royal Danish Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Ailey School, San Francisco Ballet School, Oregon Ballet Theater, Lines Ballet, ODC/San Francisco, and Marin Ballet. In 2011, Peter completed his BA from St. Mary’s College, CA and a Fellowship in Administration at Cal Performances in Berkeley. He is also a contributor of articles on technique, music and mime for Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit and Dance Studio Life.

Monday November 20
6.00 pm – 7.30 pm – Intermediate/Advanced Level (from 14 years)

Tuesday November 21
6.00 pm – 7.30 pm – Basic Level (10-13 years)

Wednesday November 23
6.00 pm – 7.30 pm – Intermediate/Advanced Level (from 14 years)

Friday 23 November 24
5.00 pm – 6.30 pm – Basic Level (10-13 years)
7.00  pm – 8.30 pm – Intermediate/Advanced Level (from 14 years)

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