BDF 2016 judge: International dancer and teacher Richard d’Alton

July 5, 2016 0

Born in Cork, Ireland, Richard d’Alton is a graduated Dancer and Teacher (with Diploma and Certification) of the National Ballet School of Cuba. He won a Bronze Medal and a Silver Medal, respectively, in the 1998 and 1999 International Ballet Competition’s in Havana, Cuba. In 1999 he joined the National Ballet of Cuba at the invitation of Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Alicia Alonso.

Subsequently he joined the Orlando Ballet at the invitation of renowned dancer Fernando Bujones. As a Principal Artist he has danced roles including Basilio in Don Quixote, Franz in Coppelia, Albretch in Giselle, Alain in La Fille Mal Gardee, Lucien in Paquita, Cavalier in The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Ben Stevenson’s Harlequinade, August Bournonville’s Flower Festival in Genzano, Le Corsaire, La Esmeralda, Merchant and the Slave, Flames of Paris, Minkus Pas de Trois, Le Talisman, La Vivandiere Pas de Six, and Grand Pas Classique.

He has also danced contemporary works by choreographers including Glen Tetley, Robert North, Alberto Mendez, Alberto Alonso, Gustavo Herrera and Fernando Bujones, among many others. Mr. d’Alton was also elected to the position of ‘Dancer Representative’ for Orlando Ballet, where he worked closely with Mr. Bujones and the Executive Staff on all dancer-related issues.

Mr. d’Alton began his teaching career in 2004, and his success as an internationally recognized teacher are apparent through the accolades of his dancers. Aside from his dancers being offered contracts and trainee positions to companies around the world including Balet Sibiu (Romania), Sarasota Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, Louisville Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Florida, and Ballet Austin among others, they have also represented the United States of America in competitions such as the 37th Prix de Lausanne (Switzerland), 5th Nureyev IBC (Budapest), 6th Helsinki IBC (Finland), the 3rd Sibiu IBC (Romania), and the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Certamen Internacional de Ciutat Barcelona (Spain).

Richard d'Alton's 'La Mariee'

Richard d'Alton's 'Taikodo' - 2nd Movement

Richard d'Alton's 'Two Hearts, One Love

Richard d'Alton's 'The Travelers

Mr. d’Alton’s dancers have been accepted to prestigious schools including the The Royal Ballet School – London, Académie de Danse Princesse Grace, Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Kirov Academy, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, San Francisco Ballet, and they have received scholarships to schools such as the Kirov Academy, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, The Ailey School, American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensives, Boston Ballet, and Texas Ballet Theater.

He is also a three time recipient of Outstanding Choreographer at the Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Finals (2004, 2005, 2006) and an Outstanding Choreographer winner at New York City Dance Alliance, Jump, Nexstar, and Hall of Fame. In 2012 he staged a contemporary work for Teatrul de Balet Sibiu in Romania and two contemporary Pas de Deux for the 5th Sibiu International Ballet Competition. For the past two seasons he has also been an Official Choreographer for the V and VI International Dance Competition in Barcelona, Spain.

Mr. d’Alton is in high demand as a Master Teacher, and he has been honored to have taught at some of the world’s leading ballet schools and companies including The Royal Ballet School (Covent Garden), Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Dresden Semperoper Ballet (Germany), Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Teatrul de Balet Sibiu (Romania), the Wiener Stattsoper (Vienna State Opera Ballet School), Liceul de Coregrafie ‘Floria Capsali’ (Offical School of the Bucharest National Opera, Romania), the Nacionaline M.K Ciurlionis School of Art (Lithuanian National Ballet School) and the Den Norske Opera Ballett (Norwegian National Ballet School). He has also taught class at the English National Ballet School in London & The Royal Ballet School of Antwerp in Belgium. In January and February 2012 he taught Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet in five cities on their 2012 North American Tour.

In 2015 Mr. d’Alton taught the classical competitors and finalists of the V International Dance Competition in Barcelona, Spain. Since 2012 Mr. d’Alton has also been a Guest Ballet Master with both the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vilnius & the Czech National Ballet (Narodni Divadlo) in Prague.

From 2006 to 2015 he was the Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer of International Ballet of Houston. In December 2015 he taught class for the ‘Jurgita Dronina & Friends Gala’ in Vilnius which included Principal Dancers from La Scala Milan, The Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, and the English National Ballet.

In February 2016, Mr. d’Alton was a Judge at the International Dance Competition (Expression) in Florence, Italy. In May 2016, he taught the Principal Dancers of the 2016 Grand Gala in Barcelona, Spain which included dancers from Aalto Ballet Essen, Teatrul de Balet Sibiu, and the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Currently residing in Ireland, Mr. d’Alton provides Classical & Contemporary Training in both Dublin and Galway.

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