Wim Vanlessen is a celebrated ballet dancer with a career spanning twenty-
five years. Knighted Chevalier in the order of Leopold in recognition of his extraordinary
contribution to the cultural arts in Belgium, he has been an international ambassador for
dance representing the Royal Ballet Flanders—on and off the stage.
Vanlessen has received much media attention for his outstanding performances in the
classical and neoclassical repertoire, including Balanchine’s and Forsythe’s work. His range
is wide and versatile. Having worked closely with world-renowned choreographers, such
as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, he has developed and created principal roles in many great ballets,
resulting in a large and broad network within the ballet world and beyond. He was
recently chosen to dance the lead role in Bejart’s masterpiece Bolero, Spartacus from the
legendary Grigorovich, and Giselle by Akram Khan.
In 2019, Dance Europe Magazine named Wim Vanlessen dancer of the year. Wim is also
the author of the book Dancer. Part memoir, part visual history, this acclaimed publication
traces the arc of his life and career, developing his aesthetic brand and documenting his
passion for movement, fashion, and photography.
A well-respected judge at dance competitions world-wide, Vanlessen has himself been
awarded numerous prestigious honors. He is frequently invited to appear as guest dancer
and teacher for master classes around the world. Besides his artistic talent, Vanlessen is a
well-respected public figure who is often seen on national television. His strong
communication skills and natural ability to connect with an audience have made him a
popular public speaker. Wim has spoken to groups large and small who want to learn from
his remarkable discipline, work ethic, and leadership. Wim is keen to apply these qualities
to future projects, in the arts, media, business, and beyond.