Teachers & Coaches
Guest Principal Dancer and Ballet Teacher at the Royal Ballet School Antwerp
Born and trained in Japan, Ms. Saito won the first prize at the Japanese Competition for Young Dancers in 1990. She also won the Gold medal at the Concours International de Dance in Houlgate, France, was awarded the Fresh Prize by the Board of Education of Iwate, Japan, and received a scholarship at the 1991 Prix de Lausanne which allowed her to train at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp.
In 1994 she joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders as a half soloist and became a first soloist in 1998.
In 2004 she was promoted to the rank of principal and since then has danced all principal roles in the company’s classical and contemporary repertoire including a new version of Swan Lake created by Marcia Haydee for her and her partner Wim Vanlessen.
Currently Aki is working as a Ballet teacher at the Royal Ballet School Antwerp.
International Ballet Master and Artistic director
Sébastien Mari began his career as a professional dancer in 1989.
He has worked numerous prestigious companies such as the Jeune Ballet de France, the Nederlands Dans Theater, La Compañia Nacional de Danza, Ballet Gulbenkian, Ballettmainz, Ballet de Genève, Ballet du Rhin, Moscow Ballet, Leipziger Ballett, Ballett Basel or Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.
He has danced the best pieces of the neoclassical and contemporary repertoire of Europe and has been assistant to several choreographers of Ohad Naharin's size, Jiri Kylian, David Dawson, Johan Inger or Jeroen Verbruggen.
Sébastien also teaches his classes and workshops in educational centers and in many professional Ballet Companies throughout Europe.
Teacher & Coach for William Forsythe ballets
Ardyn has always been in perpetual motion.
She began her love for movement at community drum circles in her North Carolina hometown. Ardyn distinctly remembers the omnipotent presence of the late Baba Chuck Davis and his company, the African American Dance Ensemble, taking up residency in Durham every summer.
Ardyn attended the American Dance Summer Festival where she studied West African forms, House, Waacking, Breaking, Ballet, and Modern dance techniques. She counts Baba Chuck Davis, Sherone Price, and Teena Marie Custer as some of her most influential early mentors.
In 2015, Ardyn spent a year living at the UNC School of the Arts studying Limon and Cunningham techniques. She then moved to Los Angeles to study at the University of Southern California, Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
Dr. LUIS GADEA MATEOS
PhD in Dance Science
Head Physical therapist of the National Dance Company of Spain since 2001.
Professor and researcher of dance science at Conservatory of Dance in Madrid since 2013.
He has also collaborated with differents company’s like Royal Ballet London, Scapino Ballet, Dresden Frankfurt ballet, Kibbutz dance Company, Hoffesh Shechter, Jan Fabre, Ballet national de Marseille.
Teacher and Coach for Johan Inger ballets
Born in Paris in 1970, Yvan finishes his training at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris in 1989 and immediately joins Nederlands Dans Theater where he will develop his career from 1989 until 2009.
During this period he will grow under the creative works of Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Hans Van Manen, Nacho Duato, Johan Inger, Paul Lighfoot, Saburo Teshigawara, Crystal Pyte etc... going through repertoire and creations with each of them.
Since 1997, Yvan is involved as dramaturge and co-choreographer together with choreographers Johan Inger, Amos Ben Tal, Carine Guizzo, Dylan Newcomb, Jorma Elo, Gaël Domenger, Fernando Magadan and Cora Bos-Kroese.
He became from 2001 assistant repetitor for Johan Inger, and later assistant stager for Jiri Kylian, Crystal Pite and Hans van Manen.
Yvan is holding a degree in Dance pedagogy from the Centre National de la Danse in Paris and developed relationships with various international dance schools and educational projects since 2010.
Yvan is also part of the collective OFFprojects, lead by choreographer Amos Ben Tal, as artistic collaborator and dramaturge.
Ballet Teacher and Director of ART of
Oleg was born in Lutsk, Ukraine.
He completed his training at the State Ballet Academy of Kiev (Ukraine).
From 2003, he joined the Semperoper Ballett Dresden where he became first soloist in 2012.
During his career, Oleg had had the opportunity to work with renowned international choreographers, setters and ballet masters such as William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, John Neumeier, Mats Ek, Alexei Ratmansky, David Dawson, Uwe Scholz and many others.
He has danced in a varied repertoire ranging from classical masterpieces to cutting edge contemporary pieces. In 2012, he obtained the bachelor's degree for ballet teacher discipline, and in 2013, he graduated with a master diploma for modern choreography and the qualification of choreographer of modern dance of the Ukrainian State University of Humanities.
In 2013, he helped to stage William Forsythe’s “In the Middle Somewhat Elevated” at the Paris Opera Ballet. In 2015, Oleg had assisted William Forsythe in staging his piece at the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Washington.
In 2012, he founded and became the director of ART of.