Douglas Becker, based in Brussels Belgium, is a freelance choreographer & educator at work for over four decades at the intersection of ballet & contemporary dance.
His area of expertise & research engage with the learning, teaching, making, and investigation of new forms and new ways of thinking about dance and dancing.
A former dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City, The National Ballet of Canada, the Dallas Ballet, and a principal artist with the Frankfurt Ballet under the direction of William Forsythe, for which he has reconstructed numerous works worldwide for professional companies, festivals & institutions.
In ballet he studied extensively with Maggie Black, Rudolph Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, Melissa Hayden, David Howard, Marjorie Mussman and Fleming Flindt, consequently embodying an expansive knowledge of ballet, composition, repertory & improvisation.
His own choreographies have been featured on the stages of Belgium's Royal Flemish Theatre, Switzerland's Grand Théâtre de Genève, and the Choreographic Centers of Grenoble and Nancy in France, and he has been a visiting faculty member of P.A.R.T.S. school in Brussels (since 1997), New York University Tisch School of the Arts, The University of California at Irvine, and the National Conservatories of Paris and Lyon among many others.
Since 2010, Douglas Becker is master lecturer & resident artist at The University of the Arts Philadelphia where his responsibilities include teaching, staging, mentoring and advising both at the Bachelor of Fine Arts level and in the schools recently launched Master of Fine Arts program. He is also notably curator & coordinator of the school of dance's European Abroad program on an annual basis.
Photograph: Nathan Ishar