Dr Ross McKim trained in Vancouver, then at at the Royal Ballet Upper School in London after which he was accepted into the Royal Danish Ballet Company at the young age of only 17. After the Royal Danish Ballet, he worked with the National Ballet of Canada as well as studying ballet and contemporary dance and choreography in Toronto and New York, focusing on the Martha Graham technique. At age 21, he returned to London and joined the London Contemporary Dance Theatre at the Place under the tutelage and directorship of Robert Cohan CBE, where he danced, taught and choreographed for 5 years. A critic from the Birmingham Post declared that he was “possibly the most beautiful dancer in Britain”. In 1976, McKim founded his own company, Moving Visions Dance Theatre and in 1982 he founded the Chamber Dance Theatre of Vancouver.
Most notably, in 1995 Ross was appointed the Artistic Director of the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. A post which he held with great respect for the next thirty years. His extensive knowledge of different ballet and contemporary techniques lead him to create his own unique way of moving. His contemporary classes and choreography have trained and inspired generations of professional performers from across the globe.
Ross received an MA in Dance Studies from the University of Surrey in 1990 and a PhD in Theology from Durham University only 10 years later. He has also had two books about contemporary dance published. In 2016 Ross and his legacy of contemporary dance was the subject of a feature length documentary called ‘The Gospel of Ross McKim’ which premiered at the 2016 Raindance Film Festival London and won ‘Best Feature Documentary’ and ‘Best Female Filmmaker’ for Suzanne Gielgud at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards 2016. It was also nominated for the Jury prize at the NICE International Film Festival 2017.
Dr Ross was delighted to share his legacy and profound knowledge of contemporary dance technique to GAPA’s young dancers through the development of a new contemporary dance syllabus for the ISTD. From 2017-2018 he workshopped the format and creation of the new work on GAPA pupils age 11-18, and at the 2017springboard event in London they demonstrated the work to the ISTD.