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Artistic Director of Stuttgart Ballet since September 1996, Reid Anderson has had a long and distinguished career in the world of dance as a dancer, teacher, coach, producer, and Artistic Director.
Born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Anderson received his dance training in Canada at the Dolores Kirkwood Academy in Burnaby, B. C. At the age of seventeen he received a full scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet School in London, England. One year later, at the invitation of Artistic Director John Cranko, he joined Germany’s Stuttgart Ballet.
Throughout his 17 year career with Stuttgart Ballet, Anderson danced leading roles in a wide range of classical and contemporary productions and worked with some of the leading choreographers of the 20th century including among others, John Cranko, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Glen Tetley, John Neumeier, Jiří Kylién and William Forsythe.
Anderson retired from the stage in 1986 and became the Artistic Director of Ballet British Columbia in 1987, a position he held until 1989. From 1989 to 1996, he was Artistic Director of
The National Ballet of Canada before returning to Stuttgart Ballet as Artistic Director in September 1996.
Since then, he has reshaped the company and its repertoire considerably, resulting in sold-out houses and increased international touring. In addition to his duties as Artistic Director at Stuttgart Ballet, Anderson has staged the works of John Cranko around the world since 1984.