Gideon Poirier

Gideon Poirier was born in Taunton Massachusetts, USA. He received his formal training from The Nation Ballet School of Canada in Toronto. After graduating NBS he performed with the Cincinnati Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Gothenburg Dance Group, Conny Janssen Danst and Sally Dance Company Maastricht. He has performed  in the work of William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Tero Saarinen, Dwight Rhoden, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Edward Clug, Conny Janssen, Stefan Ernst, Julian Barrnet, Arno Schuitemaker, and Jan Martens to name a few.  He has worked as rehearsal director for Conny Janssen and Sally Dance Company Maastricht.

Here at ATD he teaches contemporary ballet. His class allows and encourages each dancer to approach the material through their authentic anatomical possibilities and level of experience. Concepts of releasing muscular tension, awareness and streaming of breath, changing of weight, and decision making are principles that drive the focus of the class. Outside of the ATD he teaches both ballet and contemporary classes internationally in different professional settings and educational institutions.  He holds a master’s degree in Dance Science and was a finalist at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science's 2018 annual conference for the “Educator of the Year” award.