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    Ghislain de Compreignac


    French dancer and teacher, Ghislain de Compreignac is Artistic director of Paris Marais Dance School.
    Compreignac was born in Limoges (France) and trained mainly with Serge and Solange Golovine, former principals of The Grands Ballets du Marquis de Cuevas. While dancing with ballet companies, he was trained by Hélène Traïline (artistic director of Ballet-théâtre français de Nancy, associate artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet, prize “Benois de la Danse”) and Menia Martinez (Cuban ballerina, principal dancer with Ballet nacional de Cuba, Ballet du XXe siècle of Maurice Béjart and Royal Ballet of Wallonia).
    In 1977, Compreignac joined Ballet-Théâtre Joseph Russillo (called the Noureev of modern dance). He later join the Ballet-théâtre français de Nancy, dancing works of Cranko (L’Estro Harmonico), Massine (La Boutique fantasque), Blaska (Tam-Tam and percussions, Danses concertantes), Falco (Cooking French), Dirks Sanders (Hopop), then the Ballet du Rhin under the direction of Jean Sarelli (ballet master of Paris Opera Ballet), dancing Giselle, Coppelia.

    At Royal Ballet of Wallonia (Belgium), he interpreted roles in creations of Jorge Lefèbvre (former principal at Ballet du XXe siècle of Maurice Béjart): Tchaïkowsky, Sheherazade, Romeo and Juliet, La Dame aux Camélias, Images, Concerto d’Aranjuez. Danses concertantes.
    He created his first work, Chant de basse, in 1981 and was offered to be a company Resident Choreographer. However, he chose to join the Ballet du Nord (France) as principal, newly created by Alfonso Cata, former principal of New-York City Ballet and assistant of George Balanchine. He danced works of Balanchine: Agon, Tchaïkovski Pas de deux, Themes and variations, Four temperaments, Concerto Barroco, Somnambula, Square Dance, Donizetti Variations, Capriccio brilliant, Apollo, Rubies and of Vicente Nebrada: Batucada fantastica, Percussions for six, Celebrations.
    As guest dancer, he performed the prince in Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake (photo: partnering with Isabelle Horovitz) and interpreted a pas-de-deux of Maurice Béjart (Partita n°5). He choreographed several pieces: Tribute to Balanchine, 7e, La mer, Rite of Spring (with Maggie Boogaart), Russian dance, Morning, Concerto 21.
    In 2012, he created Paris Marais Dance School, to train pre-professional dancers, with Maggie Boogaart, choreographer and Graham teacher. His pedagogy, inspired from the Balanchine technique, brings fluidity, speed and strength to dancers. Compreignac is a lecturer (live broadcasts of the Royal Ballet), jury member and teaches master classes throughout the world.