Pedro Goucha Gomes was born in Lisbon, Portugal and is currently based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
He guests regularly as a ballet teacher in companies such as Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, Goteborg Dance Company, Scapino Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Danish Dance Theater, Ballet de Marseille, CODARTS, Henny Jurriens Foundation in Amsterdam, ArchiTanz in Tokyo, among others.
At the age of nine Pedro started his dance education at the school of the National Ballet of Portugal and in 1991 he graduated from the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada.
He has danced with the Stuttgart Ballet, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nacho Duato’s Compañia Nacional de Danza and the Netherlands Dance Theatre. With these companies Pedro has performed a wide variety of repertoire and worked with a vast array of choreographers. He has performed in theatres such as the Palais Garnier in Paris, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Sedler’s Wells in London, the Acropolis of Athens amongst many others.
Between 2007 and 2012 Pedro was a resident choreographer at the Korzo Theatre in Den Haag, where he created and experimented with several choreographic and installation formats. Until 2014 he worked extensively as a freelance choreographer creating works for companies such as the Goteborg Dance Company and the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam.
Pedro is a certified Feldenkrais® Teacher, a Somatic Movement Practicioner and is presently enrolled at the Institute of Mindfulness-Based Approaches in Berlin, studying MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). He teaches Somatic Movement Workshops internationally and Feldenkrais lesson both privatly and in companies.|
As one of the first teachers in the brand new studios in House Conny Janssen Danst, we asked Pedro two questions:
What can dancers expect from you as a teacher? What makes your classes different from others?
‘My ballet classes may be characterized by their fluidity, musicality and dynamics. As a result of my studies in the field of Mindfulness (MBSR) and Somatic Education (The Feldenkrais Method®, Somatic Movement), I approach ballet class as a vehicle through which to enhance and refine the dancer’s awareness of themselves and perception of the environment while moving.
As a teacher, I also like encouraging students to cultivate trust toward their imagination, thinking, sensing, feeling and pleasure for movement and musicality.’
What’s you link with Conny Janssen Danst?
‘I have been teaching at Dansateliers for several years. There I have had the pleasure of meeting and teaching the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst.’