John Agesilas was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and came to Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 1986. With a Ghanaian mother and a French father, the drums of African music, the sound of jazz, and the flow of disco and funk were all prevalent throughout his childhood. However, it was not until he discovered the culture of hip hop and its pioneering break dancing that John became a dancer, at the age of 13.
John choreographed and toured internationally with major artists and also holds an extensive resume that includes all major Dutch music festivals, TV shows, commercials, and noteworthy gigs such as choreographing Amsterdam Arena’s Bollywood opening performance. He also choreographed fashion shows for brands such as Nike, Adidas, Vivienne Westwood, Evisu, Bjorn Borg and Paul Smith.
John was one of the first dancers in his genre to introduce a ground breaking jazz dance act to the theatre. Produced in collaboration with Mojo Theatres, John debuted his self-directed and produced jazz act ‘InterpretationZZ’, a theatre show of different urban dance styles on jazz music. A full sized ensemble, of eighteen members including a live band, toured around Europe.
Although still teaching at Amsterdam’s School for the Performing Arts AHK/5 O’Clock and Ballet Academy Lucia Marthas, John always searched for other ways to contribute to the world of dance. He became the franchise holder and organizer of the Dutch edition of ‘Juste Debout’ in 2009 and the host of not just the Dutch edition but also the French finals in Paris.
John also created his own urban dance festival ‘Summer Dance FOREVER’. He is the host and artistic director of this successful multiple days event that yearly returns to Amsterdam.