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Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux

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School of Dance gala marks Amp debut for students

School of Dance Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux coaches Nina Giraldo,15, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Carnahan-Jackson Dance Studio. RILEY ROBINSON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Students from the Chautauqua School of Dance, Chautauqua Festival dancers and Workshop dancers will

Bonnefoux: ‘Inspiration and passion’ transform life, art

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It’s hard to imagine a 14-year-old Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux green in the face and shaking from nerves, but that’s what the Hall of Philosophy audience visualized when Bonnefoux transported them to his dance jury examination at the Paris Opera Ballet. At age 21, Bonnefoux held the title reserved for the most distinguished of dancers in France. Bonnefoux has served as artistic director of Chautauqua Dance since 1983. He is also the artistic director and president of the North Carolina Dance Theatre. He has choreographed more than 60 ballets.