South African by birth, Gideon Lou received his ballet formation in the 'English' style at the Pretoria School of Art, Ballet & Music.
From 1980-1982 Gideon started his professional career as a member of 'PACT Ballet Company' in Johannesburg South Africa, where he got acquainted with the big classical repertoire (Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, La Fille mal Gardée, Coppélia etc.) In 1983 he relocated to Europe and joined 'The Royal Ballet of Flanders' as a dancer and rose to the rank of demi-soloist. From 1997-2011 Gideon assumed the position of Ballet Master, first under the direction of Robert Denvers, and later under Kathryn Bennetts. During his years at The Ballet of Flanders he danced, coached, and taught varying styles of dance ranging from the big classical ballets to works by more contemporary choreographers such as William Forsythe, Mauricio Wainrot, David Dawson, Jiří Kylián, and Marcia Haydée. During this period, he also worked as guest ballet master with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, The Ankara State Ballet and the Santiago Ballet in Chile. In the capacity of guest, he not only staged ballets by André Prokovsky and Mauricio Wainrot, but also taught the daily class.
For the past few years Gideon took a break from the dance world and travelled the world as an employee of KLM. However, recently he picked up where he had left off and started teaching as a free-lance teacher.