Jeremy Leslie-Spinks

Jeremy Leslie SpinksDPhil Primary Health Care

Jeremy Leslie-Spinks trained as a dancer with several eminent teachers, including Asaf and Sulamith Messerer, Olga Lepeshinskaya, Konstantin Damianov, Ruth Carse and Maria Fay. He danced professionally with Alberta Ballet, the National Ballet of Norway, the Royal Swedish Ballet, Cullberg Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and in productions for musical theatre and television. International activity as a choreographer, Principal Ballet Master, and Deputy Director for numerous ensembles took him to England, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Iceland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada and the United States.

He assisted many distinguished choreographers and directors, among them Rudolf Nureyev, Sir Frederick Ashton, Mat Ek, Robert North, Heinz Spoerli, Jiři Kylián, Gillian Lynne and Franco Zeffirelli. He was Ballet Director for Alberta Ballet and for the company of the Arena di Verona, and has choreographed and staged dozens of ballets, operas and television programmes worldwide.

Jeremy Leslie-Spinks is a member of IADMS, (the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science) and presents at their conferences. He is a registered course provider for SIDI (Safe In Dance International) and a member of the Royal Academy of Dance®, the German Professional Dance Teachers’ Association and One Dance UK. He holds a BA in Romance Languages and Literature from the University of Alberta and an MSc in Dance Science (with Distinction) from the University of Wolverhampton. His languages include French, Italian, German, Swedish and several others.

Jeremy has recently been diagnosed with a degenerative spinal condition. In 2020 he was awarded the Rosamund Snow Scholarship to write a DPhil thesis on career-changing illness in elite ballet dancers, and ways to enhance patient agency in the doctor-patient dialogue. His research takes the form of a qualitative, multi-disciplinary, ethnographic study of the case-histories of distinguished, damaged ex-dancers on three continents.