New York, NY 10003
United States

Bio

Born in Israel and raised in a kibbutz, Mr. Ronen-van Heerden began his dance training at the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem and continued his studies on full scholarship at the Bat-Dor School of Dance in Tel-Aviv, under the artistic direction of Jeannette Ordman. In 1996, he joined the Israeli Bat-Dor Dance Company, where he performed works by renowned choreographers including Lar Lubovitch, Ed Wubbe, Nils Christie, and Luciano Cannito, and was featured in the Israeli Opera's productions of Samson and Delilah and Turandot. In 2000, he was promoted to principal dancer. In 2001, Mr. Ronen-van Heerden moved to New York City to became a member of Ballet Hispanico under the artistic direction of Tina Ramirez, where he worked on new creations with choreographers Ann Reinking, Graciela Daniel, and Ramon Oller. While with Ballet Hispanico, he served as guest performer with Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance and Igal Perry's Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. In 2003, he joined Buglisi Dance Theater under the direction of Jacqulyn Buglisi and Donlin Foreman, where he had the opportunity to work with Martha Graham luminaries including Miki Orihara, Christine Dakin, and Terese Capucilli. In 2004, he received an invitation to join the critically acclaimed Hubbard Street Dance Chicago under the direction of Jim Vincent. While there, he performed ballets by top international choreographers William Forsythe (USA/Germany), Jiri Kylian (Netherlands), Ohad Naharin (Israel), Nacho Duato (Spain), Twyla Tharp (USA), Lar Lubovitch (USA), Christopher Bruce (UK), Toru Shimazaki (Japan), Marguerite Donlon (Ireland), and Daniel Ezralow (USA), among many others. Mr. Ronen-van Heerden was a recipient of the 2007 Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition for emerging choreographers. Mr. Ronen-van Heerden has toured extensively across the United States and internationally, visiting Canada, Switzerland, Israel, Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, and Russia. In 2008, he moved back to New York City to serve as Director of Development and Public Relations at Peridance Capezio Center and later as the Executive Director of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, under the leadership of Founder and Artistic Director, Igal Perry. At Peridance, in addition to developing, promoting, and overseeing the Center, he founded the Certificate Program, BLUEPRINT Summer Intensive, Winter Intensive, APAP Showcases, and the bi-annual Faculty and Student Showcases. Mr. Ronen-van Heerden also serves as a board member of the Emergency Fund for Dancers in New York, a consultant for artists and dance organizations, and is an adjudicator at dance competitions around the nation.