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Jon Ole Olstad started dancing at 16, realizing it to be his greatest passion. He was accepted into the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2009. After college, he was hired for the tour project “Kamuyot”, a collaboration between the Swedish Riksteatern, and Batsheva Dance Company, led by artistic director Ohad Naharin. In 2013, Jon Ole was hired by Nederlands Dans Theater 1, led by artistic director Paul Lightfoot. In NDT1, he had the honor of working with Paul Lighfoot and Sol Leon, Johan Inger, Hofesh Shechter, Marco Goecke, Alexander Ekman, Jiri Kylian, Mehdi Walerski and Crystal Pite. His own choreography has been presented at several festivals, galas and choreographic competitions; Cross Connection Choreography Competition in Copenhagen, Korea International Contemporary Dance Competition, Stockholm Dance Film Festival, and Gala of the stars in Florida.
In 2015, he presented his first solo creation “and we already knew the names” at the prestigious International Solo Tanz Competition in Stuttgart, where he was awarded 1st prize dancer and 1st prize choreographer. In 2019 he was awarded the production prize from Ballet Basel at the 33.rd International Hannover Choreography competition with the solo’ Finally its everything’.
In 2009, he started teaching to share his knowledge and his love of dance. He has taught and choreographed at numerous education institutions : NYU-Tisch, Juilliard, Marymount Manhattan College, Khio- Oslo, The Palucca School, Ballettakademien in Stockholm, The Alvin Ailey School and Lines Ballet. He has given company class to Gallim Dance, Ballet Nuremberg, Carte Blance Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, BODYTRAFFIC and Theater Regensburg Tanz. He has been on faculty for acclaimed dance schools/studios, such as Edge PAC, Movement Lifestyle, Millennium Dance Complex, Peridance, Broadway Dance Center, ArtÉmotion Summer Intensive- Ballet West, Joffrey Ballet Intensive, World Dance Movement Festival in Italy and NUOVA OFFICINA DELLA DANZA.