Training for Dancers
Ibrahim Önal was born in Turkey, and began his classical training in his home city of Istanbul. He completed his dance training at the Hungarian Dance Academy Budapest. He began his career at the Staatsballett Istanbul, where he already danced leading roles at the age of 19, such as the role of Crassus in the ballett “Spartacus” from renowned choreographer Youri Vamos. His next engagement led him to the Stuttgarter Ballett, where he was promoted to soloist and danced numerous main roles, such as Onegin (John Cranko). He also worked with well known choreographers such as John Neumeier, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Uwe Scholz and Jiri Killian. He performed in numerous tours throughout the USA, Asia and Europe. In 2004, Ibrahim worked for Vladimir Malakhov in the Staatsballett Berlin, where he danced main roles such as Solor in “La Bajadere”, Lescaut in “Manon” ( Mac Millan), Drosselmeier in “Nussknacker”, Rothbart in “Schwanensee” (Patrice Bart), Orion in “Silvia” (F.Ashton), as well as “Afternoon of a Faun” and “Fancy Free” (Jerome Robbins). Maurice Bejart created his role in Sigmunds “Ring um den Ring”. Ibrahim danced with outstanding ballerinas such as Uliana Lopatkina and Polina Semionova. In 2013 he was selected from the “Jerome Robbins Trust” to dance in the film “Passion” from Brian de Palma. In 2016 he recieved his state approved certification as a dance educator here in Berlin.
Ibrahim Önal’s class is based on a high level of Vaganova classical ballet, with a focus on jumps.