Teachers 2015

Violette Verdy


After a classical dance training in Paris with Madame Rousanne (Pink Sarkissian) and Victor Gsovsky, very famous Russian professors who also trained Françoise Adret and Maurice Béjart, she began the Champs Elysees ballet in 1945 and performed with ballets Marigny in 1952 and then joined Roland Petit ballet in Paris the following year.
Soloist at the London Festival Ballet in 1954 and 1955, she is invited to the American Ballet Theatre, and her career goes on with the New York City Ballet from 1958 to 1976.
She became director of dance at the ballet of the Opera of Paris from 1977 to 1980 and co-directs the Boston Ballet.
She was also an actress in the company of Madeleine Renaud and Jean-Louis Barrault (the creation of Montherlant Malatesta) and turned
movies in America (in 1950, Dream Ballerina Ludwig Berger and in 1954 The Glass Slipper Charles Walters, choreographed by Roland
Teacher, she is contributing to the spread of Balanchine method worldwide. Currently, she participated in many seminars of arts and humanities in many dance juries and was named Distinguished Professor at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She is also currently “Artistic Advisor” on “Rock School For Dance Education” in Philadelphia.

marie agnes gillot


Marie Agnes Gillot became an Etoile on March 18, 2004, following Les Signes representation Carolyn Carlson.
She became the first dancer to be appointed at the end of a contemporary work.
Since then she continues to perform ballets given at the Paris Opera, such as Bolero (Maurice Béjart), The Face of Trespass (Roland Petit), The Prodigal Son (George Balanchine), The Dream of Medea (Angelin Preljocaj ) and Orpheus and Eurydice (Pina Bausch that was broadcasted live from the Opera Garnier on Arte Saturday, February 16, 2008).
In parallel Marie-Agnès Gillot launches into choreography. Her first creation, entitled Few Differences, held in January 2007 in the Suresnes Cités Danse festival with the participation of ballet dancers and hip hop. This meeting between hip-hop and contemporary dance was appreciated by the press. Then a creation for the Ballet of the Paris Opera in 2012, “Sous Apparence”, where she experiences the language of pointes.
In January 2012 Marie-Agnès Gillot performed on stage at the théâtre du Rond-Point in a show called “Après la bataille de Pippo Delbono”, she shares the stage with Bobo, who has Down syndrome, and Gianluca, who himself is deaf mute.
In May 2014 she is back on the stage of the Opera after maternity leave, in the ballet Orpheus and Eurydice by Pina Bausch.

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Born in Pont l’Abbe, she obtains her Professional Dance Teacher Course Diploma of the Royal Ballet School in 2008 and graduates from the Benesh Institute in 2001. Currently Anna is the Senior Notator with The Royal Ballet, London. She started her career in Germany with U.Scholz and M.Schröder and now is invited around the world to remount ballets from C.Wheeldon, Sir F.Ashton and J.Kobborg with the Mariinski Ballet, Bolshoi, National ballet of Canada, Tokyo Ballet, Staatsballet Berlin, Zürich Ballet, Opera of Rome,… Simultaneously Anna promotes and encourages future Benesh Notators via her website


marc du bouays


Marc Bouay was trained at the Ballet School of the Paris Opera, notably with Raymond Franchetti. he is also passionate about Hatha Yoga therapy for dancers with Lilian Arlen. he had a dance career at the Paris Opera, the English National Ballet and the Pittsburgh Ballet, under the direction of Patricia Wilde. The teaching draws him to large international schools and then in 1997 he was invited by Claude Bessy to join the Dance School of the Paris Opera. He regularly runs workshops in London, Cannes, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Washington ……
In addition to classical dance, Marc has developed his own technique of work, which is a set of useful exercises dancer to perfect stability, flexibility and strength, called Hatha Yoga, also proposed as part the summer school.



State degree in Jazz and Contemporary Dance since 1995, Laurence teaches contemporary dance at the International Academy of Dance in Paris, participates in festivals such as Dance Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Europa Festival in Florence and gives master classes from all over France.
Requested by the French Federation of Dance as president of jury and choreographer, her teaching is based on the technique of Merce Cunningham and Limon.



Trained in ballet, jazz and modern in Belgium and New York, he has performed in numerous classical and neo-classical companies and performed in musicals as varied as: Carousel, Romeo and Juliet, Starlight Express, Hey Mr.Producer, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th Birthday Celebration, My Fair Lady, Peter Pan, Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Barnum, Mayflower, the Fiddler on the Roof.
Martin is a choreographer (Disney’s Spring Promenade – Disney Land Paris, Hairspray, the musical, Display- European Young Ballet -), jazz teacher in various dance schools and called for many courses in Europe. Martin was also assistant -chorégraphe for My Fair Lady at the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg.



Tony discovered dance Hip Hop in 1997 with the AC Cie Grenoble. In 2002, he attended training culture dance Hip Hop Co. Revolution and joined the Conservatory of Bordeaux, contemporary section and following placement courses with A.Gonotey (Co. Lullaby). He became champion of France Gymnastics Hip Hop national festival of Istres, and integrates in 2004, as the first dancer for the play “Pesadila” Actaesfabula Co., headed by Norton Antivilo. In 2009, Tony created the association Street Art Hip Hop Dance, created his first play, “Gemini”, and others in progress. Tony also received intensive training in Los Angeles in August 2014.

olivier rey


Olvier made his vocal training with Ian Adams, Jasmine Roy and Hubert Weller and his dance training In Studio Paris Centre. He participated in many musicals: Le Bal Des Vampires, Sister Act, Mamma Mia (Theatre Mogador), Romeo and Juliet (Vienna tour in South Korea), Belles Belles Belles (Olympia), Beauty and the beast (Dominium Theatre – London), What A Feeling (Palladium London Uk Tour) Cats (Théâtre de Paris) Hello Dolly (Opéra de Liège), Barnum (Célestins Theatre), Peter Pan (Casino de Paris).


Composer, pianist, she followed graduate studies in musicology and piano in Azerbaijan, then a career dedicated to music for dance, at the Opera of Paris, after the Bolshoi and Moiseyev School-studio in Moscow, the Opera Baku.
In 2012, she performed at the Palace Garnier music Variations on a Theme of Paganini by Brahms in the choreography of Violette Verdy (ballet Variations).
In April 2014 during the performances of the Opera Garnier Dance School, E. Akimova played with orchestra Concerto in Re JS Bach (ballet C. Bessy).
Since 2000 she directs the collection Dance together.


Training concert pianist, dancer, actress, songwriter, trained in musical arrangements, Ilina impresses us with her rich courses.
Accompanist for ballet classes of the big names in dance for over 10 years, Ilina also supports contemporary dance classes Martin Kravitz, with piano and djembe.