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Peridance Presents: A Bournonville Intensive

December 20-22, 2021
For Intermediate/Advanced Level Dancers Ages 15+

Peridance Center is proud to offer a Bournonville Intensive December 20-22nd 2021. This immersive program offers students the opportunity to experience an in depth study of the Bournonville technique and repertoire with master teachers Dinna Bjørn and Eric Viudes. The intensive will include 3 classes daily including Bournonville technique, Variations/Repertoire, and Discussion/Analysis on August Bournonville (history, methodology). The program is for intermediate and advanced level students. Registration will be limited and on a first come first served basis.

This intensive includes options for teachers to audit classes, for more information please contact Nikki at


Dinna Bjørn

About: Dinna Bjørn is one of the few distinguished Bournoville-specialists in the ballet world of today. She is currently the head of the faculty of Bournonville Summer Academies in Biarritz (France), Tokyo (Japan) Ogden (USA) and for European School of Ballet's Bournonville seminars. She is also one of the honorable patrons of the European School of Ballet. Her professional dancing career started in Copenhagen, with the Royal Danish Ballet in 1964, where she had her soloist-debut in Jerome Robbins' "Afternoon of a Faun" in 1966. Her signature-role was Clara in Flemming Flindt's "The Nutcracker",and all the major roles and dancing parts in the Bournonville-repertoire,, among them the Sylphide in "La Sylphide". In 1968 she won the bronze medal and the special prize for artistic interpretation at the IBC in Varna, Bulgaria, dancing Bournonville's "Flower Festival" pas de deux..In 1975 she started teaching the Bournonville technique, and when she left The Royal Danish Ballet in 1987 she started teaching and staging Bournonville ballets for companies and schools worldwide. From 1990 to 2002 she was the Artistic Director of The Norwegian National Ballet. From 2002 to 2008 she was the Artistic director of The Finnish National Ballet. In 2017 she received the Positano-prize for her contribution to keeping old ballet traditions alive and passing them on to the new generation. She has served as member of several distinguished juries of IBC in Varna, Paris, Helsinki, Shanghai, Jackson USA, Austin USA and New York. Dinna Bjørn is the recipient of the Danish Order of Dannebrog, the Norwegian Order of Merit by King Harald and the Finnish Order of The White Rose.

Eric Viudes

About: Eric Viudes started his ballet training in Biarritz, France. Fourteen years old he won the first prize in Le Concours de la Scène Francaise in Paris, and achieved a first mention in Danse de Charactère by the jury directed by Rita Thalia and Serge Lifar. After that he was admitted to Le Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, where he completed his ballet education, and became one of the last private pupils of Mâitre Yves Brieux in the legendary Hôtel Particulier, Rue de la Rochefoucault. He immediately got a contract at Ballet du Rhin in Mulhouse/Strasbourg, under the direction of Jean Sarelli, joined the company´s tour to Cagliari with Rudolph Nureyev, and danced in Ravel´s «Bolero» by Maurice Béjart at Théatre des Champs Elysées in Paris. In 1984 he was engaged at The Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo. In 1985 Eric Viudes danced the principal role of Vaslav Nijinsky in Ulf Gadd´s «Diaghilevs Ballets Russes» at the première in Oslo, to great critical acclaim, and one year later he was promoted to the soloist rank by the artistic director, the Norwegian ballerina Anne Borg. He danced the role at all the later revivals of the production with the company, and also in the Norwegian television production of the ballet in 1996. Cast in the major part as the son of the family Gallo in «Tango Buenos Aires 1907», another succesful dance theatre production of Ulf Gadd and Svenerik Goude, entering the repertoire of The Norwegian National Ballet in 1987, he guested Gothenburg Ballet in that role in 1988. Norwegian choreographer Sølvi Edvardsen has created two ballets on him for the national Stage: «Masken» (1985) and «Grieg à Jour» (1994) in which he portrayed Edvard Grieg. Along with doing all the soloist dance parts in the classical repertoire from the pas de trois in«Swan Lake» and «The Nutcracker» to peasant pas de deux in«Giselle» the pas de deux of «Flower Festival» and male solo in «Napoli» Eric Viudes has also had other important roles with the company during his career, among those: The young bridegroom in «Les Noces» (Jerome Robbins), Amor in «Sylvia» (Laszlo Sergei), The french Cavalier in «Gala Performance» (Anthony Tudor), the Flegmatic in «Four Temperaments» (George Balanchine),The third Song in «Vier Letzte Lieder» (Rudi van Dantzig), the ugly stepsister in «Cinderella» (Ben Stevenson); the young husband in «La Ronde» (Glen Tetley), the male duet in «Exilium» (Jean Grand-Mâitre) and the red pas de deux in «Forgotten Land» (Jiri Kylian). In 2003 he received from the Ministry of Culture and Communication in France, the famous State Diplom for teaching ballet, as a recognition of his artistic merits and experience. He has also received two scholarships from the Norwegian state to participate in The Bournonville Summer Academy in Copenhagen (1991) and to study dance pedagogic at The National School of Ballet in Toronto and at The Hamburg Ballet School (1995). As a guest teacher Eric Viudes has taught company classes and given Master Classes in Boston, Montevideo, Singapore, Tbilisi and Copenhagen. For several years he was invited as a regular guest teacher for the aspirant classes at The Royal Danish Ballet, during the artistic directorship of Frank Andersen. He is now member of The Bournonville Academy faculty, and has been teaching at seminars with them in USA and Tokyo, Japan, and he was also the Artistic Advisor for the complete six editions of The Bournonville à Biarritz Summer Academy from 2009 to 2014. For the conclusion gala in Biarritz in 2014, he together with Dinna Bjørn and Gilbert Mayer, brought back to the stage The Pas de la Vestale, that Bournonville himself danced at the Opera Garnier, now danced by two young dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet. Eric Viudes is now resident ballet master in the newly established European Ballet School in Amsterdam; and together with Dinna Bjørn he is giving master classes around the world. Based in Oslo Eric Viudes is teaching open classes in the Norwegian capital for free-lance dancers, young ballet students and ballet lovers.

Sample Schedule (subject to change):


    1:15-3:15pm Technique
    3:30-5pm Repertoire
    5:30-7pm Introduction to Mime


    1:15-3:15pm Technique
    3:30-5pm Group Repertoire
    5:30-7pm Bournonville Style Analysis


    1:15-3:15pm Technique
    3:30-5pm Repertoire
    5:30-7pm Discussion/Analysis Bournonville Methodology and History


    EARLY BIRD | Register by October 30th: $220
    Regular: $250


    Peridance will not offer refunds or credit for this Bournonville Intensive. If a student can not attend the program for any reason, including and not limited to travel restrictions, illness, or quarantine, they will be permitted to take the Intensive online. No refunds, exchanges, or credit will be given for any reason. Students who miss class will not receive any make-up or refund. If Peridance cancels a class for any reason a make-up class will be offered.

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