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Jury 2011

Paul Destrooper

Paul became the Artistic Director of Ballet Victoria in September 2007, quickly elevating the company into a local and national cultural asset by presenting innovative and internationally-acclaimed works.

Paul brings to Ballet Victoria his extensive experience from a successful international dance career working with world-renowned artists over two decades. He joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1993 upon graduation from the School's Professional Division, receiving the prestigious Prince Edward Award and the Arnold Spohr Scholarship. He was a principal dancer with Alberta Ballet for two seasons and with Oregon Ballet Theatre from 2003 until 2007.

He has created works, taught and coached for professional companies and schools including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Northwest Professional Dance Project, Ballet Kelowna, Ballet BC and the Okanagan Summer Dance Intensive. Recent collaborations include Capriccio with Pacific Opera Victoria and Salute to Vienna with the Victoria Symphony.

Paul's choreography focuses on ballet as an "Art of Light"- shaping light with movement to reflect musicality and trigger emotion. He has choreographed over twenty-five works and three full-length ballets, all of which have been performed to rave reviews in both Canada, the USA and Japan.

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