Jean Pierre Bonnefoux (published 2013)


Bonnefoux discusses his take on dance education and teaching style, saying that "teaching is not about serving tradition, it's about serving them [the students]." He also discusses major changes and trends in the dance community since he started out. He cites having a curiosity for everything about dance and inciting that in the dance students of today as his inspiration for starting his own dance company, where he directs and continues to teach.

Biographical note:

Jean Pierre Bonnefoux was born in France in 1943. He is a ballet dancer, artistic director, choreographer, and educator. Bonnefoux began his dance career at the age of 14 at the Paris Opera Ballet. In 1970, he joined the New York City Ballet as a principle dancer. Several years later, Bonnefoux transitioned into training the youth of the dance world as an instructor for the School of American Ballet at NYCB. He also went on to choreograph for the New York City Ballet, the Lincoln Center Institute, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. Currently, Bonnefoux serves as President and Artistic Director of the School of North Carolina Dance Theatre.




New York, NY



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