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Douglas Becker

Douglas Becker, based in Brussels Belgium, is a freelance choreographer and educator at work for over four decades at the intersection of ballet and contemporary dance. His area of expertise and research engage with the learning, teaching, making, and investigation of new forms and new ways of thinking about dance and dancing. A former dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City, The National Ballet of Canada, the Dallas Ballet, and a principal artist with the Frankfurt Ballet under the direction of William Forsythe, for which he has reconstructed numerous works worldwide for professional companies, festivals & institutions. In ballet he studied extensively with Maggie Black, Rudolph Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, Melissa Hayden, David Howard, Marjorie Mussman and Fleming Flindt. His own choreographies have been featured on the stages of Belgium's Royal Flemish Theatre, Switzerland's Grand Théâtre de Genève, and the Choreographic Centers of Grenoble and Nancy in France, and he has been a visiting faculty member of P.A.R.T.S., New York University Tisch School of the Arts, The University of California at Irvine, and the National Conservatories of Paris and Lyon among many others. Since 2010, Douglas Becker is adjunct professor at The University of the Arts Philadelphia. He is also notably curator and coordinator of the school of dance's European Abroad programme on an annual basis.