Training for Dancers
Ibrahim Önal was born in Turkey and began his classical dance education at the age of ten in his hometown of Istanbul. He then graduated from the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest. Ibrahim began his dance career at the Istanbul State Ballet, where he already received leading roles as a young 19-year-old dancer. For example, he danced the role of Crassus in the ballet “Spartacus” by the renowned choreographer Youri Vamos. His next engagement led him to the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was promoted to a soloist by Reid Anderson, dancing numerous key parts such as the role of Onegin (John Cranko). He worked with important choreographers such as John Neumeier, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Uwe Scholz, Jiri Kylian and many roles were created especially for him. He performed in numerous tours and gala performances throughout the USA, Asia and Europe. In 2004, Vladimir Malakhov invited him to the Staatsballett Berlin, where he danced other main roles such as Solor in “La Bajadère”, Lescaut in “Manon” (Mac Millan), Drosselmeier in “Nutcracker”, Rothbart in “Swan Lake” (Patrice Bart), Orion in “Silvia” (Frederic Ashton), “Afternoon of a Faun” and “Fancy Free” (Jerome Robbins) etc. With Maurice Bejart, he worked on the role of Sigmund in the “Ring um den Ring”. He has danced with outstanding ballerinas of our time such as Uliana Lopatkina and Polina Semionova. In 2013, he was selected by the “Jerome Robbins Trust” to take on the role of a dancer in Jerome Robbin’s ballet “Afternoon of a Faun”, which was featured in the movie “Passion” by Brian de Palma. In 2016, he received his recognition as a state-certified dance teacher in Berlin.
Ibrahim Önal’s class is based on a high level of Vaganova classical ballet, with a focus on jumps.