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The Dance School

Created by a decree from Louis XIV in 1713, the Paris Opera School of Dance welcomes nearly 150 students each year, who are recruited after a particularly demanding and selective competition, to pass on to them the style and technique of the French School of Dance, to allow them to approach the vast repertoire of the Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris, and to introduce them to the various contemporary languages.

This unique apprenticeship, which places repetition of the gesture and direct transmission from master to student at the heart of the training model, allows dancers from the School to join the Corps de Ballet of the Opéra national de Paris each year following a competition that takes place in July.

As an exceptional institution in terms of its longevity thanks to a succession of remarkable teachers and the product of a long artistic tradition, the Paris Opera School of Dance has been based in Nanterre since 1987. Since 2004, it has been directed by Star dancer Élisabeth Platel.

Each season, the public demonstrations and the show of the School of Dance on the stage of the Palais Garnier are special events during which the public can appreciate the demands of learning to dance. Through this founding experience of the stage, the students present the knowledge necessary for mastering the French School of Dance and give an overview of the other arts and choreographic styles they practice and which complete their training: contemporary dance, folklore, mime, character dance, baroque dance and musical expression.


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The Paris National Opera would like to thank the Paris Opera Ballet School donors for their support :

  • Aline Foriel-Destezet

  • Dr. Ronaldo Neves de Carvalhor

  • Flavia et Barden Gale

  • Philippe et Karine Journo

  • Akiko et Tomonori Usui

  • Elizabeth Chandler

  • Claude Suzanne Defforey

  • Arthur Falk

  • Yleana Arce Foundation

  • Fondation Minou Amir-Aslani

  • Maria Elizabeth Amorim

  • Maria Elizabeth Amorim

  • Yolanda et Paulo Barros Barreto

  • Maria Pia Chagas Marcondes Ferraz Montenegro

  • Guilherme Craveiro et Helisa H. Accioly Craveiro

  • Eduardo Mazzilli de Vassimon

  • Mauro Moniz Sodre

  • Silvane et Fued Sadala

  • Stan Zingerenko