Martin Vedel - Ballet Master

Born in Greenland, with Danish nationality, Martin Vedel trained at the Royal Danish Ballet School and danced with the Royal Danish Ballet from 1988-2000, rising to the rank of Soloist. In 2000 he became a Principal with the Béjart Ballet in Lausanne, Switzerland, under the directorship of Maurice Béjart and Gil Roman. As a dancer, his repertoire included works by Bournonville and Balanchine as well as classics such asSwan Lake,The Sleeping Beauty,Don Quixoteand Frederick Ashton'sRomeo and Juliet. His contemporary roles included works by William Forsythe, John Neumeier, Maurice Béjart and Jiří Kylián as well as recent creations by Kim Brandstrup and Liam Scarlett.

While at the Béjart Ballet he began to teach the company, and on his retirement from dancing in 2010 he became a guest teacher for English National Ballet, working with Wayne Eagling on his new production ofThe Nutcrackerand assisting with principal coaching for productions ofRomeo and JulietandManon.

From 2011-12 he was Ballet Master at the Royal Ballet of Flanders, where he taught company class and coached a wide range of ballets including John Cranko'sOnegin, Marcia Haydée's production ofThe Sleeping Beautyand works by William Forsythe and Christopher Wheeldon.

Martin joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet as Ballet Master in January 2013.


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