Bjarne Hecht

Bjarne Hecht is a former leading dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet and the touring group Soloists of the Royal Danish Ballet, with whom he has performed throughout the world. His most important teachers include Vera Volkova, Toni Lander and Niels Kehlet in Denmark, Nora Kiss in Paris and Stanley Williams in New York. Known for an impeccable line, excellent musicality and clean sense of his native Bournonville style, he nonetheless also excelled at the Neo-classical and modern repertoire. He has appeared in numerous TV productions incl. Christopher Bruce's Emmy (International) nominated production of Silence Is The End Of Our Song as well as the Ace Award winning BBC documentary series, Dancer - A Proper Job. On Opening night of the Danish Ballet's 1982 season at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in New York, he performed the leading role of Carelis in Kermesse in Bruges to critical acclaim. In Los Angeles he appeared at Pasadena Civic Auditorium (1979), Beverly Hills Theatre (1983) and Universal Amphi Theater (1989). He danced leading parts at the Kennedy Center Opera House in DC, the Chicago Civic Opera House, the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco and many more throughout the US. He left his native Denmark in 1986, first to dance with London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet), later with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, WA. He directed Pas de Six & Tarantella from August Bournonville's Napoli at Fort Forth Ballet (Texas) in 1987 as well as performing as guest artist. He finished his dancing career in 1989 touring the US again with Soloists of the Royal Danish Ballet.

That same fall, with encouragement from screenwriter Stewart Stern (Rebel Without A Cause, Sybil), he began studying acting with Sanford Meisner, Richard Pinter and Ron Stetson at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York from where he graduated in 1991. His Broadway debut came in 1993 in Edward Berkeley's Tony nominated production of Wilder, Wilder, Wilder - Three by Thornton Wilder at Circle in the Square Theater. He has appeared in numerous plays around New York City incl. Off-Broadway, most notably at Manhattan Class Company in D-Train performing the part of Dee-Dee, a role written for him by James Bosley and directed by Robert LuPone and Fay Simpson. He also appeared in a couple of comedy spots with Conan O'Brien during his first season as host of Late Night on NBC. Since then Bjarne has also helped open several new bars and restaurants, particularly in the nation's capital, Washington DC. Today, in between teaching, he is back at acting, this time on film and TV, recently as a wood worker in rural Poland during WW2 in the multi award winning short film, Janek / Bastard directed by Israeli film director, Muriel Naim. He is proud of finally having become an American citizen in 2019. Bjarne brings his multifaceted life experiences to every class he teaches - without life, good and bad, there is no dance.

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