Miquel de Jong
Miquel de Jong (Netherlands, 1971) was trained at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague from the age of 10 and graduated in 1989 with a diploma of higher professional education of dance. His dance career started at the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam (led by Nils Christe and later by Ed Wubbe) where he danced for six years. In 1995 he moved to France where he worked as first soloist at France's most renowned modern dance company L'Opera de Lyon directed by Yougos Loukos, where he worked with great choreographers such as William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek and Ohad Naharin. Just when he decided to focus more on one choreographer, Angelin Preljocaj, he met Russell Maliphant who inspired him so much that after one year being at Ballet Preljocaj, he decided to go to London where he learned a variety of movement styles and techniques like: Improvisation, Contact improvisation, Capoeira, Acrobatics but also body-mind techniques such as Yoga, Thai Chi, Rolfing and meditation. Russel's work changed his whole view on dance and movement. In London he discovered a passion for teaching improvisation and he developed his own method for his classes, which consist of two parts: pre-reflective movement and consensus composition. This later grew into making of improXchange performances. Miquel is currently a free lance movement coach for choreographers and theatre directors and is teaching not only the dance academies but also the musical and circus departments. He gives workshops in many countries.