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On January 12, 2016

Jon Ole Olstad

Also a Joffrey San Francisco and Joffrey Experience Instructor.

Jon Ole Olstad started dancing at the age of 16 and took his first ballet class when auditioning for a high school dance department. He quickly realized dancing was his big passion and that he would do anything to make his dream of becoming a professional dancer come true. Later he was accepted into the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo, and graduated with a bachelor degree in 2009. After college he was hired for the tour project “Kamuyot”, a collaboration between the Swedish Riksteatern and Batsheva Dance Company led by artistic director Ohad Naharin. During this time he participated in daily ‘gaga’ class, the training form they use in Batsheva Dance Company, and developed a great love and respect for this work. In 2010 Jon Ole formed the choreographic duo “Ruth n ´Walter” together with Caroline Skjoershammer. Their first duet “Epilogue” got invited to the Cross Connection Choreography Competition and in 2012 they created “Dear, its time to turn the lights off”, which was performed in different festivals and venues. In 2013, Jon Ole was hired by Nederlands Dans Theater 1, led by artistic director Paul Lightfoot. He has worked with choreographers such as Paul Lighfoot and Sol Leon, Johan Inger, Hofesh Shechter, Marco Goecke, Alexander Ekman, Jiri Kylian, Mehdi Walerski and Crystal Pite. He started teaching in 2009 and has a huge passion for sharing knowledge and the love of dance. He has taught at numerous colleges and studios across Norway, as well as in Los Angeles and New York City. Class description; “In my class I want each and every one of the students to discover something new about themselves, both physically and mentally. To be able to step outside the box but at the same time gain the knowledge of being inside the box with your center and technique. The class focuses on expanding your limits, reaching further as a dancer, breaking habits and a personal investigation to take your dancing to a completely different landscape. I encourage a balance between doing the steps that are given to you, but at the same time letting who you are as a dancer and person color the movements.” – Jon Ole Olstad.

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