Jean Cébron

Born in Paris, Jean Cébron took his first private ballet classes between 1945-47 with his mother Mauricette Cébron who was a soloist and teacher at the Paris Opera. During this time he also worked with Djemil Anik, a teacher of Javanese dance. From 1947-48 he studied with Sigurd Leeder and Ram Gopal (choreographer and teacher of Indian dance). From 1948 to 1954 he was a soloist with the "Ballet National Santiago de Chile" and taught at the "Chilean French Institute" in Chile. Between 1954-57 he continued studying intensively with Sigurd Leeder in London. During this time he began to choreograph and also studied classical dance with Anna Northcote. Invited to America by Ted Shawn, he spent the following three years studying the Cecchetti technique with Margaret Craske as well as Alfredo Corvino at the Metropolitan Ballet Opera School in New York. Parallel to his studies, he toured in America with Lotte Goslar and, at the invitation of Ted Shawn, taught at the legendary "University of Dance at Jacob's Pillow" in 1958 and 1959. Between 1961-1964 he was choreographer, soloist and teacher with the "Folkwangballett Essen" directed by Kurt Jooss. He choreographed for the company between 1964-1967 and in 1966/67 performed in his own works with Pina Bausch. From 1969-1972 he was director of choreographic studies at the State Academy "Dansskolar" in Stockholm Sweden. From 1973-76 he was professor for modern dance at the "Accademia nazionale di danza" in Rome, Italy. In 1976 he was appointed professor for modern dance at the Folkwang Academy in Essen where he also taught the "Folkwang Tanzstudio" company and the "Wuppertaler Tanztheater" both directed by Pina Bausch. Other companies for which he has taught and choreographed include the José Limon Company in New York. Besides his teaching post at the Folkwang Academy, he is a regular guest teacher at major modern dance centres throughout the world. Jean Cébron's classes are based on the Jooss-Leeder method and the Cecchetti technique.