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Zdjęcie: Andrzej Ziemski

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Andrzej Ziemski – dancer and teacher born in Warsaw. In 1969 he graduated from the Warsaw Ballet School and was engaged by Teatr Wielki. As an outstanding dancer, soon he became a soloist, performing main parts in Debussy’s Dance Sacrée (choreography by Witold Borkowski), Swan Lake, Don Quixote and in others. In 1971 he left Poland and was engaged by Marseille Opera, and few months later he started his collaboration with Roland Petit’s Ballet National de Marseille. In season 1972/73 he danced at the Royal Swedish Ballet. In 1973–1984 he was a soloist at the Maurice Béjart’s Ballet of the 20th Century. He performed in all repertoire of that time and took part in the group’s tours, dancing solo parts in Romeo and Juliet, Bhakti, the Wedding, Pli Selon Pli, The Firebird, Petrushka, Our Faust and Dichterliebe. Since 1979, together with Piotr Nardelli, he has run in Brussels a private ballet school “Balletomania”. In 1984–1992 he was a ballet teacher at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and at the Dance Academy in Cologne. As a teacher, he was invited by Prague National Theatre Ballet, Compagnie Rosas d’Anne-Teresa de Keersmaeker, Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Helsinki National Opera Ballet, Roubaix Ballet du Nord, Munich Balet Bayerische Staatsoper as well as groups from Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and USA. Handsome and well-built, he was a stunning dancer while on stage, and after that a great teacher, invited for summer dance workshops also to Poland.

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