Ari Tenhula graduated from the Theatre Academy Helsinki in 1989 with a master’s degree in dance. Tenhula was a director of the Helsinki City Theatre Dance Company (2000–2002), a professor of dance at the Theatre Academy (2008–2018) and Vice Dean of Pedagogue at the Theatre Academy (2014–2018). From 2006–2008 he was Artistic Director of the Moving in November Festival. Since 2018 he has been the Managing Director of Zodiak – Centre for New Dance.