Each Friday for the next few weeks, we will highlight a faculty member at BCXIV. This week, learn about the background of BCXIV Director and Co Owner Hans Nelson:
Mr. Nelson began his training with Joyce Morrison at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet and continued full-time at the School of American Ballet in New York City, the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, and the Ecole-Atelier Rudra Béjart in Lausanne, Switzerland. His regular teachers at these institutions included Andrei Kramarevsky, Peter Boal, Vladimir Djouloukhadze, and Azari Plissetski. At the Vail International Dance Festival in the summer of 2000, he studied with Jacques Namont of the Paris Opera Ballet School and Pyotr Pestov of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.
As a dancer, Mr. Nelson's répertoire included Les Sylphides (Poet), Giselle (Peasant Pas de Deux), and Swan Lake (Pas de Trois), among others. He has taught at The Washington School of Ballet and Mercersburg Academy, as well as at Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland under the direction of Donna Pidel. While at Ballet Royale, he choreographed and directed The Nutcracker, with additional Act 2 choreography by Mrs. Pidel. Additional staging credits include Les Sylphides and original choreography.
Mr. Nelson is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
In 2015, Mrs. Pidel and Mr. Nelson co-founded Ballet Conservatoire XIV, bringing conservatory-style training to a small group of carefully selected dancers. Graduates of BCXIV have been accepted to the highest quality university dance programs and summer ballet intensives. The school continues to be recognized for providing superior training.