Benjamin Feliksdal

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Benjamin Feliksdal (born 22 January 1940, in Den Helder) is a Dutch ballet dancer. He has danced as soloist and principal dancer with Het Nederlandse Ballet 1960, Het Nationale Ballet 1961/1971, and with the Royal Ballet of Flanders 1972/1973.

Feliksdal began his professional dance-training in 1955 in Amsterdam. He was taught classical ballet and modern dance by well-known Dutch pedagogues such as Florrie Rodrigo, Ineke Sluiter and Lucas Hoving. To finish his studies he went to Rome 1959 to the Dutch dancer and pedagogue Pieter van der Sloot and to The Rambert school of Ballet in London for special coaching. In September 1960 he joined Het Nederlands ballet under direction of Sonia Gaskell. One year later 1961 he joined the Dutch National Ballet, again with artistic leader Sonia Gaskell and since 1965 with co-artistic leader Rudi van Dantzig. During his performing career with Het Nationale Ballet he was a principal dancer, where he partnered Yvonne Vendrig, Maria Bovet, Jessica Folkerts and Olga de Haas.He danced different roles with this company. Swan Lake, Von Rothbart; Romeo and Julia, Tybaldo; Apollon Musagête, Apollon; La Bayadère, Solor; Le Prisonnier du Caucase,The Eagle; Les Présages; Suit en Blanc; Pas de trois; Four temperaments; Symphony in C; Monument for a dead Boy; The Green Table; Jungle; Night Island; Dessins pour les Six; Concerto Barocco; The Miraculous Mandarin; and Serenade. After his dance career he specialised in methodic ballet teaching and developed as a modern jazz dance and tap teacher. He created a modern jazz dance technique based on the styles of Luigi, Mattox, and Giordano, integrating elements of jazz, ethnic, ballet, tap and modern dance. In 1975 he founded Benjamin's Modern Jazz Dance Center, European School of Jazz Dance and The Theater Dance Workshop in Amsterdam. As a former principal dancer of The Dutch National Ballet, The Royal Ballet of Flanders he became a dance-pioneer in professional modern jazz dance training in the Netherlands, East-Germany 1980-1990, Sovjet-Union 1988-1991, Rusland 1995, Bulgaria 1984-1996,Finland and in other West-European Countries.During the following twelve years he headed the professional trainings department and its allied Workshop Company. Both school and company proved to be challenging new developments in professional theater dance within the Netherlands.

Guest teaching[edit]

1976-1996: As guest teacher Benjamin feliksdal was invited by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Dance Theater of Harlem of New York, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, the Bat-Dor Dance Company of Tel Aviv, the Kuopio Music&Dance Festival,Finland, the Internationale Tanzwerkstatt, Bonn, the Staatliche Balletschule, Berlin, the Palucca School of Dance, Dresden, the London Contemporary Dance School, the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts of Moscow, the Leningrad State Choreographic Institute, the Moscow Chamber Ballet, and Le Ballet Jazz de Montréal.

In 1990-1991 Feliksdal was engaged as artistic director in the frame work of EURO<26 program Young Europeans Dance in Glasgow Culture City of Europe 1990 UK, which hosted 150 young dancers and two choreographers from twelve European Countries.

Choreography Assignments[edit]

As a choreographer he had assignments in the Netherlands with The Theater Dance Workshop Company,Amsterdam; with Ballet Arabesque,Sofia Bulgaria|;, Friedrichstadtpalast,Berlin BRD; Bat-Dor Company&School, Tel Aviv. And TV-Productions in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Bulgaria.

Jury Member[edit]

  • 1994: Concour International De Danse de Paris, France.
  • 1996: International Ballet Competition Varna, Bulgaria.
  • 1997-1999: Choreography Competition, Vitebsk Belarus.
  • 2009: Concorso Internazionale di Danza Modica, Italy.
  • 2010: International Ballet Competition Varna, Bulgaria.


Feliksdal's teaching methods and techniques were documented in several books.


  • Douma-Alta, Marga, Sixty years of Jazz dance history in the Netherlands, Walburgpers 26 October 2006, ISBN 90-5730-435-X
  • Borgers, Berdien, Jazz Dance: Old Forms, New Styles SUA 1984, ISBN 90-6222-110-6
  • Embrechts, Annette, Benen vol Vrolijkheid, September 2003 article De Volkskrant.

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