Student dance, Dolores Kirkwood, Burnaby, British Columbia. Student dance, Royal Ballet School, 1968.
He danced with the Stuttgart Ballet before returning as artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada in 1987. He returned to the Stuttgart Ballet as artistic director in 1996. Early life and training
He received his dance training at Dolores Kirkwood Academy and transferred to the Banff Centre.
He then went to London in 1967 to study at the Royal Ballet School.
Anderson began his dance career at the Royal Opera Ballet but was unhappy as a performer. In 1969 Anderson joined the Stuttgart Ballet as they were preparing for a two-week performance schedule in New New York
His first piece with the company was Onegin. Shortly afterwards he became a principal dancer and was their ballet master from 1982 to 1986.
Return to Canada
In 1987 Anderson became co-artistic director of Ballet British Columbia, and later became the sole director
He was known for introducing a contemporary image to the company and increasing its reputation across Canada. Anderson staged a remount of Onegin with the National Ballet of Canada. He became the director, and eventually artistic director, of the National Ballet of Canada in 1989.
Anderson sustained the company during a tough economic recession by choreographing traditional ballet pieces and bringing Canadian and international choreographers to create new contemporary pieces.
He occasionally danced in various character roles during these productions. In 1994 he proposed that the board of directors promote Chan-honorary Goh as the company"s first Chinese Canadian principal dancer.
He left the National Ballet of Canada in 1995, citing continued funding cuts from the government. Return to Ballet Stuttgart
Anderson returned to Stuttgart Ballet in 1996 as artistic director
He organised the company"s tour to New York in 1998.