Master Lecturer, School of Dance
School of Dance
Terra Hall 3RD
Douglas Becker is based in Brussels, Belgium, and is a freelance choreographer and educator working in many idioms. A former dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, The Dallas Ballet and The Frankfurt Ballet, under the direction of William Forsythe of which he has reconstructed numerous works by the choreographer for professional companies, festivals, and institutions across the globe.
In Ballet, he was taught by Nathalia Krassovska, Stanley Hall, Marjorie Mussman, Maggie Black, David Howard, and Melissa Hayden; thus, carrying a broad resume teaching Ballet, improvisation, composition, and repertory.
His own choreography has been featured on the stages of Belgium’s Royal Flemish Theatre, Switzerland’s Grand Theatre de Genève, and the Choreographic Centers of Grenoble and Nancy in France, and has been visiting faculty for P.A.R.T.S. School Brussels (since 1997), New York University, The University of California Irvine, and the national conservatories of Paris and Lyon among many others. Douglas’s collaborative process of choreographic development improvises upon and utilizes dancers' individual talents and characteristics.
Between 2007 and 2011, Douglas directed the international extended studies within the Hollins University Masters of Fine Arts program, under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield; introducing students to new ways of imagining their research, advancing their abilities to realize their work in a larger context, and supporting their participation in dialogues that move across geographies as well as disciplines.
Douglas holds the post of master lecturer at The University of the Arts Philadelphia from 2010-present, where he is also responsible for international touring programs within the School of Dance.