Jean Paul Comelin

French-born and US resident, choreographer, director and master teacher Jean-Paul Comelin has long been associated with the world’s most prominent ballet companies, and some of the greatest names in the dance world of the 20th century. Mr. Comelin has worked with such notable dancers as Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Michail Baryshnikov, Carla Fracci, Natalia Makarova, Yvette Chauvire, Lawrence Rhodes, Nina Novak, Claire Sombert Marylin Burr, Svetlana Beriosiava, Claire Motte John Gipin, Marcia Haydee and Richard Cragun.

Jean-Paul joined the Paris Opera Ballet in 1956 and went on to dance with London Festival Ballet, the National Ballet of Washington and the Pennsylvania Ballet as a principal dancer. He has also appeared as a guest artist with the Australian Ballet, performed with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and was coached by George Balanchine in several of his own ballets.

Mr. Comelin choreographed his first Ballet, Autumn Songs for the National ballet of Canada for Ballerinas Veronica Tennant and Karen Kain. He then proceeded to create over sixty works for companies on five continents.

In 1980 Mr. Comelin was invited by Artistic Director Marcia Haydee to be Ballet master of the prestigious Stuttgart Ballet, where he created two new works for the company, Saltarello and Overtones.

As Artistic Director of Ballet du Nord in France, he created several works each year. The most successful of his works at home and on tour were an original work on Christopher Columbus, new versions of both the Nutcracker and Firebird, the Mozart Requiem (Lux Aeterna) and a collaboration with painter Majhoub Ben Bella. He organized tours in the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and the former Soviet Union.

Today Mr. Comelin continues choreographing, directing, lecturing and teaching around the world and is a consultant in the development of dance in Vietnam, South Africa, Korea, Philippines Taiwan, and Japan. He offers master classes and creates original choreography in the USA, Europe and Asia.