Jason Beechey, Class of 1988 (2021)

Jason Beechey is a global leader in creating opportunities for young dancers-in-training and a powerful advocate for the broad social relevance of dance-training institutions. As Rector of the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden, Beechey offered singular leadership during COVID-19, developing some of the first protocols that positioned dance-training institutions around the world to successfully reopen after initial lockdowns. Reflecting on his time at NBS: “My time at NBS still continues, but if I had to pick a favourite memory from my student days, it would be all the time spent with classmates and teachers who have become my extended family. The bonds keep growing tighter and tighter as the years go by. It has been a challenging year to say the least, but it has been great to see how the dance world has grown even closer together and given new value and meaning to being part of a close-knit and supportive community. We are all human, we are all in this together, and the more we can learn from each other and share our experiences, the richer and stronger we all are.” Photo by Ida Zenna