Weekend tutors

Join some of ballet’s leading teachers and dancers at Edinburgh Festival Ballet‘s launch this March. Read below for details of masterclass leader and Edinburgh Festival Ballet founder Peter Schaufuss, and the fabulous guests joining him as industry tutors during the weekend. New biographies will be added as tutors and performers are announced…

Peter Schaufuss

  • Trained at and danced with the Royal Danish Ballet and School 1956-67
  • Principal Dancer New York City Ballet, London Festival/English National Ballet, Berlin Ballet Deutsche Oper Berlin, National Ballet of Canada: Guest Principal Dancer The Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet in London and Saint Petersburg
  • Danced all the major roles at the world’s most prestigious ballet stages
  • Artistic Director London Festival/English National, Berlin Ballet Deutsche Oper, Royal Danish Ballet
  • Founder English National Ballet School, Royal Danish Ballet School (Holstebro), Peter Schaufuss Ballet and Theatre of Dance/Black Box (Holstebro), Rose Theatre Edinburgh (owner), Saint Stephen’s Theatre Edinburgh (owner)
  • Producer/Director/Choreographer of over 100 ballets and productions staged in Denmark, London’s West End, Los Angeles, France, Germany, Italy and Australia, and on television in Denmark, UK and USA
  • Recipient of The Olivier Award, The Evening Standard Award, Manchester Evening News Award, Edinburgh Festival Critics Award, Berlin Critics Award, Munich Star Award
  • Chairman of The Dancer for Cancer Trust, The Frederick Ashton Right Holder’s Trust
  • Honoured in Belgium (The Order de La Couronne), and Denmark (Order of the Dannebrog – Denmark’s knighthood)

Dinna Bjørn

  • Joined Royal Danish Ballet in 1964.
  • Winner of the Bronze Medal and a Special Prize at the 1968 Varna International Ballet Competition
  • Teacher of the Bournonville style since 1975
  • Artistic Director of The Norwegian Ballet 1990-2001
  • Bournonville Consultant to the Royal Danish Ballet 1997-2002
  • Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet 2001-2008
  • Staged acclaimed productions of Bournonville ballets for the
    world’s renowned ballet companies


Matz Skoog

  • Trained and danced with the Royal Swedish Ballet
  • Principal Dancer with English National Ballet
  • Guest dancer with Nederlands Dance Theatre and Rambert Dance Company
  • Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet 1996-2001
  • Artistic Director English National Ballet 2001-2005
  • Artistic Advisor to the Royal Swedish Ballet
  • Head of Artisic Department Royal New Zealand
  • Guest teacher Birmingham Royal Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet Rambert
    Dance Company and Studio Wayne McGregor

Eric Viudes

  • Trained in Paris under the distinguished teacher, Yves Brieux
  • Dancer with Ballet du Rhine and soloist with The Norwegian Ballet
  • Created the role of Edvard Grieg in Sølvi Edvarsen’s ‘Grieg a Jour’ in 1994
  • Danced the principal role of Vaslav Nijinsky in the Norwegian Television
    production of Ulf Gadd’s ‘Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’ in 1996
  • • Recipient of France’s prestigious State Diploma for Ballet Teaching and scholarships to study with the National Ballet of Canada, the Hamburg Ballet
    School and the Bournonvile Summer Academy in Copenhagen
  • Given master classes in Boston, Montevideo, Tbilisi and Copenhagen
  • As a member of the Bournonville Academy Faculty, staged all six complete
    Bournonville ballets in Biarritzm 2009-2014

Jeffrey Taylor

  • Trained at the Royal Ballet School and danced with the Royal Ballet
  • Founder member of Western Theatre Ballet
  • Danced in West End musicals, television and as a guest with several of Europe’s major ballet companies
  • The Daily Mail’s first dance critic (1986) and later it’s first Arts Correspondent,
    jointly responsible for launching the paper’s Review Section
  • Co-Founder of the Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards
  • Author of’ Irek Mukhamedov: the Authorised Biography’ (Fourth Estate, 1994)
  • Currently dance critic and arts feature writer for The Sunday Express


New biographies will be added as tutors and performers for Edinburgh Festival Ballet‘s launch are announced – so watch this space! Updates are also made on Edinburgh Festival Ballet’s Twitter page.

17th-18th March 2018





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