Christopher Powney (international guest teacher, Artistic Director of the National Ballet Academy, Amsterdam and Artistic Director designate of The Royal Ballet School, London)

Christopher Powney has danced with many leading dance companies including The English National Ballet and Rambert Dance Company. He has performed and created many leading roles during his career and worked with many prominent choreographers and artists, among them, Twyla Tharp, Lynne Seymour, Raisa Struchkova, Christopher Gable, Frederick Franklin, Ohad Naharin, Rudolf Nureyev, Christopher Bruce and Jiri Kylian.

Already during his extensive dance career, Christopher Powney turned his focus to teaching, having qualified from the Royal Ballet’s Professional Dancers Teacher’s Course. He was assistant artistic director of the Central School of Ballet’s graduate touring company and has many years of international teaching experience. In 2000 he joined the teaching staff of the Royal Ballet’s Upper School. In 2006 he was asked to take on the position of graduate teacher at the Dance Department of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Christopher has also taught at the Monaco Dance Forum, been a member of the board for the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine and is involved with the Prix de Lausanne., Christopher Powney has been the artistic director of the National Ballet Academy, Amsterdam since 2010 and has most recently been appointed Artistic Director Designate of The Royal Ballet School, London and to take up the post from September 2014.

Friday, August 30, 12.00 - 12.30
Thematic Session 3: practicing