Ballet School

Classical dance teachers

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Carole ARBO – First division

Admitted to the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris in 1973, she is 18 when she entered the Corps de Ballet. Promoted to “Coryphée” in 1984, to “Sujet” in 1985, to “Première danseuse” in 1989, she is finally nominated “Danseuse Etoile” in 1993. Favorite soloist for Jerome Robbins’ ballets (In the Night, En Sol, Dances at a Gathering, The Concert and The Four Seasons), she danced in works by George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Harald Lander, Maurice Béjart, Roland Petit, Jiri Kylián… from the Paris Opera repertoire and also participated in creations by Twyla Tharp, Odile Duboc, William Forsythe, Angelin Preljocaj, Jean-Claude Gallotta, Mats Ek, José Montalvo… She has been decorated “Chevalier” of the National Order of Merit.

Carole Arbo has been teaching at the Opera Ballet School since 2001.


Fabienne CERUTTI – Second division

Fabienne Cerutti entered the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris in 1971. Hired in the Corps de Ballet in 1977, she was promoted to “Sujet” in 1982. During her years at the Opera, she was taught by Serge Peretti, Christiane Vaussard, Rita Thalia, Jacqueline Moreau… Her repertoire ranges from classical to more contemporary works. Thus she performed the main roles in Nutcracker, the Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La fille mal gardée and danced in Precipice by Alvin Ailey, Voluntaries by Glen Tetley, Tanz Schul by Jiří Kylián, Midsummer Night's Dream by John Neumeier… She also danced as Terpsichore along with Rudolf Nureyev in Apollon Musagete by Balanchine.

Fabienne Cerutti has been teaching at the Opera Ballet School since 1998.


Fanny GAÏDA – Third division

Admitted to the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris in 1973, she was 17 when she entered the Corps de Ballet. She was promoted to “Sujet” in 1981, then to “Première danseuse” in 1989. From Lifar to Balanchine, she was also given solo parts by Kenneth MacMillan, Pierre Lacotte, Roland Petit and Jerome Robbins. Nominated « Danseuse Etoile » in 1993, she danced works from the classical repertoire: Giselle (according to Coralli and Perrot), Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadère, Raymonda, the Sleeping Beauty (Rudolf Noureev)… She also created ballets by Carolyn Carlson, Karole Armitage, Nils Christe, Dominique Bagouet, William Forsythe, Daniel Larrieu, Patrice Bart (Coppélia – 1996) and Jiří Kylián (Doux Mensonges – 1999). She has been decorated “Chevalier” of the National Order of Merit.

Fanny Gaïda has been teaching at the Opera Ballet School since 2002.


Marie-José REDONT – Fifth division

Pupil of Master Brieux, Christiane Vaussard and Yvette Chauviré, Marie-José Redont entered the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris in 1961.
In 1969, she was 16 when she joined the Corps de Ballet. She danced the role of ‘the Spaniard’ in the Bourmeister’s version of Swan Lake and the pas-de-deux of the Blue Bird in the Sleeping Beauty by Rosella Hightower. She also took part in the creations of Adagietto (Oscar Aráiz), Black and Blue (Luis Falco), Quelques pas graves de Baptiste (Francine Lancelot). She interpreted the Mistress in the Rite of Spring by Paul Taylor. Alongside her career as a dancer, she worked as a repetiteur along with Francine Lancelot for the world creation of Quelques pas graves de Baptiste and for l’Ecole de Danse de Sarah, les Yeux grands ouverts by Gigi Caciuleanu (1988). She collaborated with Dr. Olivier Troisier on the writing of Education vertébrale – verrouillage, déverrouillage :pédagogie et techniques, published by Masson Editions (2002).

Marie-José Redont has been teaching at the Opera Ballet School since 1987.


Muriel HALLE – Fifth division

Muriel Hallé was admitted to the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris in 1975 and continued her training at the National Conservatoire of Paris. Admitted to the Corps de Ballet in 1982, she is promoted to “Coryphée” in 1986, then to “Sujet” in 1988. Muriel Hallé participated – until 2006 – in many productions of the repertoire, creations and tours of the Opera Ballet in France and abroad. Thus she was entrusted with soloist roles in ballets by Nureyev (The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Cinderella, Raymonda, Romeo and Juliet), Balanchine (The Four Temperaments) and Lifar (Suite en blanc) and was also given parts in ballets by Jerome Robbins (The Concert), Maurice Béjart (Le Concours) and Pierre Lacotte (Paquita). She also danced roles for “Etoile” during the 1997 season at the English National Ballet. Muriel Hallé is choreologist, graduated from the Benesh dance notation master class at the CNSMDP and is teaching dance notation at the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris.

After having been the teacher of the 6 months training program for two years, Muriel Hallé has been teaching at the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris since 2008.


Géraldine WIART – Sixth division

Admitted in the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris in 1981, Géraldine Wiart is hired is the Corps de Ballet at the age of 16. Promoted to “Coryphée”in 1988, she performs her first soloist roles. Promoted to “Sujet” in 1993, she takes part in classical ballets of the repertoire of Rudolf Nureyev, Vladimir Bourmeister, George Balanchine, Pierre Lacotte, Roland Petit, Serge Lifar, HaraldLander, Michel Fokine, Vaslav Nijinski, Bronislava Ninjiska, Kenneth MacMillan. She is often chosen for contemporary choreography when they are entering the repertoire or created: Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, Antony Tudor, Martha Graham, John Neumeier, Paul Taylor, Trisha Brown, Carolyn Carlson, Twyla Tharp, Blanca Li, Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, Pina Baush…. These three have passed on to her loyalty and artistic approach that affected her whole career. She takes part in creations by RudolfNoureev (Cinderella), Pierre Lacotte (Paquita), Mats Ek (Appartement), Angelin Preljocaj (Le Parc), Nicolas Le Riche (Caligula), Twyla Tharp (Rules of the games), Patrice Bart (Coppélia, La petite danseuse de Degas), Blanca Li (Shéhérazade).

Géraldine Wiart has been in charge of the 6-month training program of the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris since 2009.


Véronique DOISNEAU – Body workshops and six month training program

Admitted in the Paris Opera Corps de Ballet in 1979 after winning the National Conservatoire first Prize, she was promoted to “Coryphée” in 1983, then to “Sujet” in 1987. She took part in all major productions of the repertoire and was given soloist roles in ballets by Nureyev, Serge Lifar, Jerome Robbins… and danced parts for “Etoile” including in The Nutcracker (in both Nureyev and Neumeier’s versions). She created ballets by Maguy Marin, David Parsons, Merce Cunningham, Jiří Kylián, Paul Taylor, Daniel Larrieu, Jean-Claude Gallotta. In September 2004, she was the sole performer in Véronique Doisneau, the creation by Jérôme Bel. After the Palais Garnier, this piece of work will be subsequently performed in many countries.

Véronique Doisneau has been teaching at the Opera Ballet School since 2006.


Jacques NAMONT – First division

Admitted to the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris in 1962, Jacques Namont was hired in the Corps de Ballet in 1966. Promoted to “Premier danseur” in 1976, he was a great performer of the ‘Jester’ in Bourmeister’s version of Swan Lake. From 1973, he taught at the Raymond Franchetti Academy, at the Ballet de Marseille Roland Petit (1975) and also at the Paris Opera Ballet (1988 à 1991). He was then the Director of the ENSD in Marseille (1992 à 1995). Famous performer of the ‘Joker’, Jacques Namont also assisted Janine Charrat for the entry to the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris’s repertoire of Jeu de cartes. Internationally renowned teacher, he was regularly invited to the Royal Ballet School of London, the Béjart Ballet of Lausanne, the Nancy Ballet, the Monte Carlo Ballet, the Lyon Ballet, the Rio de Janeiro Ballet. He was appointed “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres”.

Jacques Namont has been teaching at the Opera Ballet School since 1997.


Eric CAMILLO – Second division

Eric Camillo started dancing in Marika Besobrasova’s class in Monte-Carlo before entering the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris in 1981. Admitted to the Corps de Ballet in 1985, he was promoted to “Coryphée” in 1986, then to “Sujet” in 1987. More particularly he performed as ‘Colin’ in La Fille mal gardée (Joseph Lazzini) and also many roles in Rudolf Nureyev’s productions. He participated in numerous galas with the “Nureyev and Friends” group. In 1990 he won the 1st Prize at the International Dance Competition in Paris and the AROP award in 1991.

Teacher at the Paris Opera Ballet from January 2002 to July 2007, Eric Camillo has been teaching at the Opera Ballet School since 2004.


Wilfried ROMOLI – Third division

Admitted to the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris in 1973, Wilfried Romoli was hired in the Corps de Ballet at the age of 16. “Sujet” in 1983, he was promoted to “Premier danseur” in 1989 and was given numerous soloist roles. As one of Nureyev’s favorite performers, he was entrusted with soloist parts in many of Nureyev’s ballets: Swan Lake, Raymonda, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and also ‘Solor’ in his last production, La Bayadère. His curiosity, his energy as well as his liking for novelty engendered an early interest in contemporary dance. Several meetings with great choreographers deeply stroke his career. Thus, John Neumeier, Roland Petit, Jerome Robbins, Maguy Marin, Mats Ek, Pina Bausch, Jiří Kylián, to name a few, regularly chose him. In 2005 he was named “Danseur Etoile” at the end of the performance of Ich bin… by Susanne Linke. He was appointed “Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”.

Wilfried Romoli has been teaching at the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris since 2008.


Christophe DUQUENNE – Fourth division

Admitted to the Ballet School in 1981, Christophe Duquenne was hired in the Corps de Ballet at the age of 16. “Coryphée” in 1989, “Sujet” in 1992, he was promoted to “Premier danseur” in 2006 and dansed great roles of the repertoire: Siegfried in Swan Lake, Jean de Brienne in Raymonda, Drosselmeyer/le Prince Casse-Noisette, Désiré in Sleeping Beauty and Roméo in Romeo and Juliet by Nureyev. He took part in neo classical pieces by Balanchine, Robbins, Neumeier, Béjart or Petit and modern ones by Forsythe, Kylian, Duato, Bagouet and Gallotta. He won the “Ohya” in Osaka with Ghislaine Fallou and the AROP price in 2003.

Christophe Duquenne has been teaching at the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris since 2014.


Marc du BOUAŸS – Fifth division

Trained by Raymond Franchetti, Lilian Arlen and Nina Vyroubova, Marc du Bouaÿs entered the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris in 1960. Admitted to the Corps de Ballet in 1968, he was promoted to “Sujet” the same year. From 1981 to 1982, he performed at the English National Ballet, from 1982 to 1985 at the Pittsburg Ballet under the direction of Patricia Wilde, and from 1984 to 1985 at the Northern Ballet of Manchester. From 1988, he taught classical ballet in Nice and abroad (Italy, Monaco, Australia…) before joining the Rosella Hightower Ballet School in Cannes from 1994 to 1996.

Marc du Bouaÿs has been teaching at the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris since 1997.


Bertrand BARENA – Sixth division

Admitted to the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris in 1966, he was taught by Christiane Vaussard, Gilbert Mayer and Raymond Franchetti. Hired in the Corps de Ballet in 1974, he performed in numerous productions of the repertoire and of creations and participated in many tours in France and abroad until 1998. At the same time, he followed the training program to become a teacher at the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris with, as tutors, Serge Golovine and Claude Bessy (1991-1992).

Bertrand Barena has been teaching at the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris since 1997.



Yann Saïz – As a replacement for Bertrand Barena during the 2016/2017 season

Entered the Ballet School of the Opéra national de Paris in 1984, Yann Saïz is hired in the Corps de Ballet in 1992. Promotted to “Coryphée” in 1994, then “Sujet” in 1996, he danced the great roles of the academic repertoire such as “Frantz” in Coppélia or “Hilarion” in Giselle (by Patrice Bart), “Espada” or the “Gipsy” in Don Quixote and “Rothbart” in Swan Lake (by Rudolf Nureev). He is also chosen by John Neumeier for the soloists roles of his ballets. Roland Petit gave him the main role in his ballet Passacaille. Yann Saïz took part in several galas in France and abroad and received the AROP Award in 1999.

Yann Saïz has been teaching at the Opera Ballet School since 2016.

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