Yannick received his dance education at the Paris Opera Ballet School and the National Conservatoire of Paris. As a principal dancer he worked with the Bonn Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Rome Opera Ballet and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Over his career he has been the recipient of the following prizes which included 1st Prize of the Conservatoire of Paris (1981), Gold Medal at the Houlgate Competition (1985), Gold Medal at the International Competition in Paris (1987) and the Positano and Leonide Massine Award (1995).
In 2011 he choreographed for the Istanbul State Ballet a two act ballet, "the sufferings of young Werther" (Göethe), music by Frederic Chopin , which was premiered later in May 2014 by The Greek National Ballet.
He worked as a Ballet Master with the Vienna Opera Ballet from 2004 until 2006. Since then he has worked as a successful freelance teacher and he is currently working with the following companies and schools as a regular guest at the Dresden Semper Oper Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Royal Opera House London, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Norwegian National Ballet, Houston Ballet, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, National Ballet of Prague, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Bolshoï Theater Moscow, Stanislavski theater Moscow, Staatsballet Berlin, Northern Ballet, Astana Opera and Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, National Ballet of Korea, Zurich Ballet and Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse. He also teachers regularly at the Summer course Centre Ecole Superieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, Houston Ballet Academy, Astana Ballet Academy, Académie Princesse Grace de Monaco, Royal Conservatoire of Anvers and the Oslo Dance Academy (KHIO).
At present Laura is a ballet master for the Dresden Semperoper Ballett in Germany where she brings her diverse experiences in coaching pieces ranging from classical, Neumeier, to Balanchine and Forsythe ballets as well as assisting choreographers in new creations. Laura won the top awards in Varna’s 1990 International Ballet Competition, receiving best partner with Steven Hyde, and Mark Godden receiving best choreography for Myth.
As a principal ballerina with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet she performed many classical principal roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Nikiya in La Bayadere, Juliet in Rudi Van Danzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Giselle and Myrta in Peter Wright’s Giselle, Titania in Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, Louisa in John Neumeier’s Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, Four Last Songs by Rudi Van Danzig, George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Tarantella, Hans van Manen’s 5 Tangos, Hammerklavier, Cowgirl in Agnes De Mille’s Rodeo and Jacques Lemay’s Le Jazz Hot Pas de Deux. As well as creating roles, Anne in Jacques Lemay’s Anne of Green Gables, Mark Godden’s Myth as well as Symphony #1, Life by Michael Peters.
As a principal with Bill Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt, Laura was part of numerous creations most notably in the original cast of The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude as well as dancing the leads in some of Forsythe’s most well known repertoire including In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Artifact, France Dance, Limbs Theorem and The Second Detail. Laura started teaching and setting ballets in Ballet Frankfurt and soon started teaching as a guest teachers with many companies and open studios around the world including Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Cullberg Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Ballet National de Marseille, Nederlands Dance Theater, Ecole de Danse de Geneve, The Forsythe Company, Architanz Studio in Tokyo and The Loft in Brussels.
As a Forsythe Ballet Master, Laura has set ballets on the Dresden Semperoper Ballett, The National Ballet of China, the Universal Ballet in Seoul, Korea, San Francisco Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, and La Scala Ballet in Milano, Italy. She has also coached many wonderful internationally renowned dancers including Roberto Bolle, Darcey Bussell, Marta Romagna, Alicia Amatrian, Nadja Saidokova, Mikhail Kaniskin, Sofiane Sylve, Yumiko Takeshima, Raphael Coumes Marques to name a few.
Paul has received the German Critics Award for “Best Up and Coming Artist in Europe” and “Best Established Artist in Europe” while as a dancer in Dusseldorf Guest appearances in America, Israel, Germany, Italy, Monte Carlo, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, and France. In 1993 Paul danced the title role in Youri Vamos’s version of “Spartacus” at the Summer Arts Festival in the Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy. His extensive repertoire included Principal roles with all the major classics, including Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille Mal Gardee, Nutcracker, Spartacus and Midsummer Nights Dream. Works danced from international choreographers including: Jiri Kylian, Matz Ek, Youri Vamos, Nils Christe, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Roland Petit, Judith Jamison, Stephan Thoss, Heinz Spoerli, Hans van Mannen, John Butler, Peter Breuer and Natalie Weir. His own body of choreographic work is now quite extensive including two full length evenings, “St. Francis of Assisi…….in his footsteps” and “Jekyll and Hyde”. Three of Paul’s choreographic works, “St. Francis of Assisi…….in his footsteps”, “A Twist of Broadway”, and “Scotch On The Rocks” have received Australian Critics Awards. Choreographic works have now been performed in Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Dubai, Hong Kong, Covent Garden - London, New York and Japan. The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts invited Paul as Guest Choreographer where he created “Tormented Tangos” which was part of the 2004, “Four Colours Dance” programme. In 2005, The Royal Ballet School, London performed Paul’s work, “Uneven Ground” on tour in New York and Japan and then took the work to both the Linbury Theatre and onto the Main Stage at London’s Covent Garden. November 2005 in Sydney was the premiere of Paul’s work, “On the Breath of Mary” for the Australian Ballet’s Bodytorque season. Full length narrative work, “Polar Express” was created for the Sydney City Youth Ballet in 2006. “Tangle”, a new work was created in 2007 for WAAPA in Perth. At the invitation of Stephen Jefferies, Paul has been invited for 3 months as Guest Ballet Master/Choreographer with the newly formed Voyages Co. at the Suzhou Science and Cultural Arts Centre in China from November 2007. Paul currently teachers pre-professional students at the Queensland Ballett Academy.
Jane was born in Zimbabwe and was accepted into The Royal Ballet School in 1972.
In 1973 she won the Adeline Genée Gold Medal and in 1974 was offered a place in The Royal Ballet Company, Covent Garden. Whilst there, she worked with some of the great choreographers of the time including, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Peter Wright and Glen Tetley. In 1981 she joined English National Ballet where she danced many leading roles including Odile (Swan Lake), Zebiode (Scheherazade), Red lady (Sanguine Fan) etc.
Following her dance career, Jane spent a period of time as the Personal Assistant to the Director of the Royal Academy of Dancing at the Headquarters in London and was also the Administrator to the Professional Dancers Teachers Course.
Royal Society of Arts/Sports Council Course Director - Jane later went on to direct her own fitness company in the UK which encompassed Teacher Training Courses, a Health and Fitness Programme of Tuition, Seminars and Workshops of continuing education for Fitness Professionals and a Fitness Professionals Recruitment Agency. In 1994 De Vene Fitness Associates was named as one of the leading 10 Teacher Training organisations in the country. Added to this she was also a Royal Society of Arts Examiner, Freelance Fitness Writer and Freelance Fitness Lecturer and Presenter and was a leader in the fitness industry for 15 years. In 2001 Jane qualified as a Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Instructor.
Jane returned to the Royal Ballet School as the Public Relations Officer in 1996 and was responsible for the marketing and media representation of the School. Due to her vast knowledge and experience gained within the fitness industry, she was responsible for the introduction and implementation of the first cardio vascular fitness training program for young dancers at the Royal Ballet School.
Coupled with her knowledge of performance at its highest level and the anatomical and physiological aspects that underpin the physicality of ballet, Jane works towards guiding dancers on an educated, responsible and self empowered journey of their own careers.
Siner Gönenç Boquin joined the State Opera and Ballet of Izmir (Turkey) in 1988 and performed with the company until 2004. In between 2005 and 2009 she worked as associate director and artistic director and as a ballet mistress until 2016. In 2005 she started to work with Yannick Boquin as his assistant and studying his teaching method and style.
She has been invited as guest teacher to the Dance Nordic Seminar in Stockholm, International Summer Ballet School in Dresden, Art of Innovative Ballet Master Class in Zurich.
Siner is currently working as a regular guest teacher with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, The Houston Ballet Company, Royal Ballet Flanders, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Architanz in Tokyo, NRW Ballet Dortmund, Estonian National Ballet, Astana Ballet Theater, Gauthier Dance Stuttgart, Ballet Hagen, Staatsballett Saarbrucken and the Compagnie Choreographique François Mauduit. She also teaches regularly at the Houston Ballet Academy, Academy of Dance KHIO in Oslo, Royal Conservatory of Anvers, ESDC Rosella Hightower (Ecole Superieure de Danse de Cannes), Astana Ballet Academy and the Summer Academy of Dortmund Ballet.
Charles Andersen is a highly-accomplished, award-winning, classically-trained dancer with a 20-plus year performance and teaching career that’s taken him around the world.
Mr. Andersen, who was born in Southern California, started dancing in musicals at age 10 and began his formal training with the Anaheim Ballet at age 14. As part of his training, Mr. Andersen has performed with the Kirov Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. He was named a National Training Scholar with the American Ballet Theater and studied in New York City at the American Ballet Theater’s Summer Intensive for four summers. Among his many awards, Mr. Andersen took first place in Youth America Grand Prix’s regional competition, and placed among the top five in the men’s division at the final competition in New York City. Mr. Andersen was also awarded a full scholarship to The Royal Ballet School in London.
In London, Mr. Andersen joined the Royal Ballet where he performed in The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, among others. He performed in a gala at Buckingham Palace and later danced for the Queen, meeting her after the performance. He graduated Highly Commended and received an invitation to join the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, where he has danced for 11 years.
Mr. Andersen’s career with the Royal Danish Ballet includes his performances in numerous notable roles, including Lenski in Onegin, Benvolio in Romeo And Juliet and Marty in Come Fly Away. His repertoire also includes Balanchine’s Symphony in 3, Symphony in C, and Theme and Variations. He has also worked on creations by Yuri Possokhov, Jorma Elo, Christopher Wheeldon and Johan Kobborg. Mr. Andersen has also worked with -- and danced in -- repertoire by leading choreographers, including John Neumeier, Jiří Kylián, and Wayne McGregor.
Mr. Andersen has been invited to appear as a guest performer in many countries around the world, including the United States, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Belgium, Russia, England, Oman, Japan, China, and Hong Kong.
In addition to his dancing career, Mr. Andersen has taught at The Royal Danish Ballet school and has hosted numerous dance workshops in Sweden and Japan for students of all ages. Currently he is teaching ballet in Hong Kong and is the children’s ballet master for The Hong Kong Ballet.
His goal is to challenge his students, teaching them to respect themselves and develop a strong work ethic, while fostering a life-long love of dance.
Danika trained on the Mid-North Coast for 15 years in all dance styles where she obtained her Advanced 2 level RAD qualifications and Honours with Distinction in the advanced level of the L.G.T.D.A. tap dancing syllabus. Danika moved to Sydney in 2006 where she studied full-time to achieve her Certificate IV in Performing Arts from Brent Street Studios, which opened the door to her professional dance career. Danika has performed in various music video clips including those for Guy Sebastian, Stephanie Macintosh and Lea Harding and has also danced on numerous television programs including Sunrise and The Kerri-Anne Morning Show.
Danika has appeared in TV commercials for brands including Bonds, McDonalds and Telstra and was a dancer in the 200 Sydney Olympic Games. Danika was a featured ballet dancer at the Jouissance modern haute couture fashion performance and a dancer/model for Sydney Fashion Week and the Jeans for Genes fashion show. She worked as Puss in Boots in the Shrek live show and experienced the other side of the stage when she worked on the production team for the esteemed London musical festival Hyde Park Calling. Since then, Danika has obtained the double degree of Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/Bachelor of Education and a Diploma in Dance Teaching through the Royal Academy of Dance in London. Danika has over 10 years teaching experience and takes a great pleasure in watching her students grow and learn.
Shannon Ryan has danced her whole life, completed all of her Royal Academy of Dance exams up until Advanced 2. She was a member of the Australian Ballet Junior Interstate program for 3 years. Once she finished Year 12, Shannon went on to complete 2 years of full time contemporary dance at Ev and Bow where she worked regularly in the commercial dance scene.
Shannon has extensive experience teaching at various dance schools in the east coast of Australia. She is currently studying acting at the prestigious West Australian Performing Arts Academy.
Australian flautist Tamara Kohler is a soloist, chamber musician, and inter-disciplinary artist, recognised for her "...fearless execution" (CutCommon) in performance. As a strong believer in the transformative power of the arts, Tamara is equally comfortable in the orchestral pit as in the cross-collaborative world.
"Her playing stands out in several ways: breadth of repertoire, adventurous and intellectual grasp of the material, and equal experience as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer"
Tamara is a founding member and co-executive director of Melbourne-based contemporary ensemble Rubiks, whose performances have been described as “…incredibly personal, strangely spiritual and ultimately deeply touching.”- Limelight.
Festival credits include the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, the inaugural Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab (USA), Bang on a Can Summer Festival (USA), Darmstadt International Festival for New Music (DE), Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and the 2015 Australian Flute Festival, performing as a soloist in the Australian premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino's 'Il Cerchio dei Suoni'. In 2017, she was a finalist for the Classical Freedman Fellowship.
Tamara performs regularly with Victorian Opera and has appeared with other notable ensembles such as Speak Percussion, Kupka’s Piano and the Omega Ensemble. She has held multiple artistic residencies at the Banff Centre (CAN) and is a two-time Classical Freedman Fellowship Nominee.
Tamara is an alumnus of the Australian National Academy of Music and completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the University of Melbourne. Her teachers have included Mardi McSullea, Virginia Taylor and Jocelyn Edey-Fazzone.
Tamara has also studied internationally throughout Italy, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden as a recipient of the Skills and Development Grant from the Australian Council for the Arts.
Aside from her chief projects as a classical musician, Tamara also enjoys recording and performing with musicians and artists of other genres. She is a blog contributor for CutCommon: The New Generation of Classical Music and has recently launched her own podcast series, MythirdEar.