Stephen Bimson co-founded Central School of Ballet Phnom Penh and is the school's Artistic Director. He completed his formal training at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London where he trained in classical techniques of the Royal Academy of Dance, Bournonville and Russian schools as well as Cunningham and Graham contemporary techniques. Stephen went on to work internationally, teaching both disciplines in private dance schools and professional companies. He has several choreographic credits to his name including classical ballet, contemporary dance and musical theatre. Stephen believes that dancers are incredible individuals and aims to guide his students at Central School of Ballet Phnom Penh into versatile, individualistic artists able to collaborate and evolve fluidly in a fast-changing society.
Stephen’s life was transformed by dance and he recognises its potential to do the same for others. He has worked on community dance projects with the German Ministry of Culture as well as two large projects in Cambodia. He plans to develop further projects through CSBPP's outreach programme and will continue to make a difference in local communities.