Kevin Haigen began his studies at Diana Avery‘s Sacred Dance Guild of Miami and simultaneously classical ballet with Martha Mahr. He received a scholarship for the School of American Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine, where he was taught by Stanley Williams and Erik Bruhn. After dancing with the American Ballet Theatre (directed by Lucia Chase) and the Stuttgart Ballet (directed by Glen Tetley) he joined the Hamburg Ballet in 1976 under the direction of John Neumeier, whom he considers his artistic mentor. In 1983, he joined the Netherlands Dans Theater under the direction of Jirí Kylián, 1985 becoming Ballet Master for the Ballet de Monte Carlo under the direction of Ghislene Thesman. 1986 moving to English National Ballet under the direction of Peter Schaufuss. 1987 to 1991 joining the Béjart Ballet Lausanne having an enriching creative relationship with Maurice Béjart. He returned to Hamburg his »artistic home« in 1991, continuing his journey with the world of John Neumeier becoming Principal Ballet Master of the Hamburg Ballet and teacher for the School of the Hamburg Ballet under the pedagogical guidance from Irina Jacobson. Most inspiring for him is the development of the future: training creative thinkers and movers and conveying that the art of ballet is a never-ending journey. Kevin Haigen is Artistic and Pedagogical Director of the National Youth Ballet. He teaches internationally and stages John Neumeier’s ballets all over the world. He was awarded with the Theaterpreis Hamburg – Rolf Mares 2019.