Michael Jahoda is a dancer, performer, teacher, mentor and choreographer. He was born in Schenectady, New York in 1966 and is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. As a young dancer Michael received a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City. He danced with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, was a Principal Dancer with Jennifer Muller/the Works (NYC), and a featured dancer with Anouk van Dijk (NL) amongst others. He is an internationally renowned dance teacher, having taught classes and workshops, and set repertory since 1989. In 2001 he co-created the Phillip Project, an artistic collaboration project which has created a series of 17 inter-related, multi-media Episodes. He is currently creating the Life and Death of Phillip Newhouse, the final Episode in the Phillip Project Series.
In addition to choreographing Michael writes his own performance texts and has added his voice to numerous performance projects. From 2010-2016 he was Assistant to the Choreographer and Rehearsal Director for Conny Janssen Danst in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Since 2010 he has been Rehearsal Director for LeineRoebana in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and is currently collaborating with LeineRoebana on an in-depth creative and didactic research project. Recent collaborations include Projectdante#1 with Bureau Dégradé, Point(s) of Change, a research project about the work and working methods of Jennifer Muller/the Works with Maria Naidu and Terri Shipman, and KLEM, a theater project with de Bouwmeesters NL. Michael is currently a core member of BAU, an agency for independent dance and performance makers in Amsterdam, and co-conducting a 2 year research project for the development of a new selling agency for the independent dance and performance makers in Amsterdam NL.
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