Dance is always on my mind. I wake up thinking about it and I go to sleep thinking about it. Sometimes I even dream about it. I love to move. Dance stimulates more than the senses, it reaches our souls. Am I a dance-nerd? Perhaps… I am not one who enjoys dealing with practical things. I can be very absent-minded, unworldly and can have two left hands at times. On the other side, I’m very strong. I like to challenge myself on the tennis court, and in the swimming pool in the 100 meters free style. I can be in a dance studio for 10 hours not wanting to get out of there, inspired full of energy. I can entertain a group of people with stories about new choreographic works for a whole evening. Afterwards I usually have volunteers who want to work with me. This leads to a happy bunch of people taking part in new projects. I give the dancers tools to explore my choreographic style for themselves. In the end, everybody forgets I’m a dance-nerd!
Since 2017 he is full time choreographer.
Jonas Vlerick was born in Brugge, Belgium in 1985. He studied at the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp, Belgium. After completing the summer university with Le Ballet des Jeunes d’Europe, he was noticed by Robert Denvers, artistic director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders. He invited him to join the company in 2003. Until today he still dances with this company, consecutive under the direction of Kathryn Bennetts, Assis Carreiro and
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
He danced several roles as a corps de ballet and as a soloist in works by distinguished choreographers such as: Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Nicolo Fonte, Elo Jorma, Jacopo Godani, Marcia Haydee, Edward Clug, Christian Spuck, Balanchine …