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Jess Van Loon

JESSICA VAN LOON: F.C.B.A-C.I.C.B is a qualified ballet teacher of the Cecchetti Method of Ballet training holding her Fellowship qualification.

Jessica commenced her ballet training with Moya Beaver (ex-principal dancer of the Royal Danish Ballet and NSW Cecchetti teacher) at the tender age of 2 and a half. Her formative training continued with Valrene Tweedie OAM (former Cecchetti Patron). Jessica was the Junior Cecchetti Medal runner up in 1980 and the Senior Cecchetti Medal winner in 1982. After one year of full-time ballet training with Miss Tweedie, Jessica successfully auditioned for the Australian Ballet School and graduated in 1986 after their three-year program at that time. She performed in the Australian Ballet School’s Dancers Co (1986) in Swan Lake (Act II) and Pineapple Poll and The Nutcracker in her year’s graduation performance. She performed with the Australian Ballet Co in Giselle and La Sylphide (1986) and Romeo and Juliette (1983). After graduating, Jessica went on to have a 12-year international dance career. Jessica was engaged as a soloist with “Tanz Theater Wien”, Vienna Austria for 2.5 years. She then danced as a soloist with “The Heidelberg Ballet” Germany for 4.5 years. After some freelance dance work, she was engaged with “Introdans” Arnhem, in The Netherlands, as a soloist for 4 years. Jessica has toured extensively dancing in many established and premiere works. Working on Jiri Kylian’s “Dream Dances” (Ballo duet) at the Nederlands Dans Theatre in The Hague, on Ohad Nahrin’s “Anaphase” duet at the Batsheva Co in Tel Aviv, Israel and with Nacho Duato on the Nightingale (solo) in his piece “Uccelli” while at Introdans in Arnhem, The Netherlands, were some professional highlights for Jessica. Jessica has choreographed and performed solo performances for the NCRV (National Dutch Television).

Other highlights included performing at the Chekov theatre in Moscow and in the theatres of Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Norway, Finland, England, Scotland, Morocco, The Dutch Antilles, Singapore and Indonesia”

Retiring from professional dancing at age 31 Jessica had 3 children and went on to teach Advanced Ballet at The School of Creative Arts, Oxford Falls, NSW (C3 College), and became the Head of their Dance Faculty, overseeing their VET and university degree students for two years. During her time at C3 College, she completed her degree in Theology from Southern Cross College (2009).

Jessica’s ballet teaching experience is extensive. Not only has she taught company ballet classes for her professional colleagues in the above mentioned European companies and taught ballet in Ballet schools across Europe but she established “Van Loon Dance Academy” in Manly in 2005. Ballet students of VLDA have gained excellent results in their Cecchetti ballet exams to date and placed in many Sydney wide eisteddfods (Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz sections), Cecchetti ballet competitions and Cecchetti Scholarship awards have had some truly great teachers and she considers it a great honour to pass on her knowledge faithful to their legacy. Among her many teachers have been Valrene Tweedie, Dame Peggy van Praagh (former director of the Australian Ballet), Marilyn Jones and Garth Welch (former Australian and international principal dancers), Marilyn Rowe (former director of The Australian Ballet School), Dame Margaret Scott (former director of the Australian Ballet School), Maina Guilgud (former director of both The Royal Danish Ballet and Australian Ballet), Galene Stock (former director of the Australian Ballet School and Royal Ballet School, London), Gary Norman and Kelvin Coe (former Australian and international principal dancers), Leigh Warren (former director of Adelaide Dance Theatre), Eugene Valukin (former director of the Choreographic School, Moscow) and Robyn Ross (Cecchetti teacher/examiner/Cecc Dip holder).

Jessica has worked with some truly great choreographers: Jiri Kylian, Nils Christie, Hans Van Manen, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Conny Janssen, Daniel Ezralov, Kirsten Debrock, Josette Baiz and Liz King to name some. Jessica wants to pass on to the next generation of dancers the knowledge she has gained from her many teachers and mentors and from her professional dance experience dancing in many wonderful dance works. Jessica loves producing and staging the Van Loon Dance Academy annual productions at Glen Street Theatre in Belrose, NSW and looks forward to many more years of teaching ballet.

Jessica looks forward to directing sand leading Van Loon Dance Academy into the future.