In 2013, the Paris Opera Ballet School, cradle of the wold classic academic ballet, celebrated the tercentenary of the French School of Dance, making it the oldest Ballet School in the Western world.

Residential life

Located near Nanterre’s André Malraux Park, not far from the underground rail line linking it to the Opera, the Ballet School was conceived in order to reproduce spatially the different times in children’s day.


The Ballet School is the guardian of a precious knowledge. Though today’s dancer needs a wide diversity in education, he must first receive the legacy of this oral tradition which already is 300 years old.

Education team

In order to protect this legacy, the knowledge is passed on by teachers, guardians of the education’s historical continuity.