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  • Professional program


    The professional training program school of Paris Marais Dance School, Ballet & Contemporay Graham, installed in the Marais Dance Centre, is a reference to training for young dancers aged 8 to 21 years who intend to join a dance company professional.
    PARIS MARAIS DANCE SCHOOL offers an intensive program of 1 to 2 years formation according to candidate profiles. Pre-professionals 8 to 21 years, talented and wishing to acquire a high degree of technical and artistic mastery, selected by audition, can access many styles and work effectively with the best choreographers.
    Summary of the progression of studies in the graduate cycle:
    – 1st year: technical and artistic reinforcement. With study of classical repertoire, Balanchine and Graham, participation in school shows. Quarterly evaluations.
    – 2nd year: preparation for auditions. With study of the repertoire of choreographers of recruiting companies, participation in school shows. Quarterly evaluations, diploma of Paris Marais Dance School.
    – 3rd year (option): professional internship in company. With collaboration with a choreographer, life in company, participation in shows of the company. Quarterly evaluations, diploma of professional dancer.


    Cycle supérieur : age 17 to 21

    25 students maximum
    Preparation to auditions

    To ensure a high quality education with personalized monitoring of students, the number of students in the training program is limited to 25 across all two years.
    A choice of several options makes finding the situation for every student.
    Half-time formulas are compatible with the pursuit of academic studies or university.
    A Ballet major and a Contemporary major offer students with different levels in both disciplines receive education adapted to their level in both classic and contemporary .
    In the second year, the students prepare for company auditions and for the real life in company, with technical classes in the morning, study of classical and contemporary repertory in the afternoon, creations with choreographers and performances throughout the year.
    The autumn, winter, spring workshops, the summer intensive and a quarterly improvisation workshop are part of the training. All formulas include classes (15 to 20 per week), intensive workshops and the Virtuosity summer intensive workshop in July  (20 classes per week).
    Depending on student progress during the year, their individual programs are adapted several times a year to optimize their progression. Additional information is available on request.

    Professional internship in Company

    Our vocational training school is now a partner of several neo-classical and contemporary companies in Europe.
    So we now offer a third year of higher education as a trainee in a European company. For instance, one of our students was offered the opportunity to complete her final year as a trainee in the company DDC – Delattre Dance Company in Mainz, Germany for the coming season; his choreographer Stephen Delattre was awarded the prize for best choreographer in Germany last year. It is therefore a real professionalisation with direct access to valuable dance companies.
    This 3rd year is not mandatory and you can audition for other companies during the 2nd year as your teachers feel you are ready for it.

    Pre-professional training program: age 8 to 18

    Part time studies up to high school diploma

    For students enrolled from 8 to 18, part time studies are available in schools and colleges in Paris.

    Disciplines taught


    Year program

    Combination of classical ballet and Graham technique

    The VIRTUOSITY Training is based on two fundamental techniques: Classical Ballet and Graham technique (base of contemporary dance). The combination of these two complementary techniques gives dancers of today a rich preparation for an international career with todays top choreographers.
    It allows each student to develop themself into an artist, while acquiring a brilliant style, increasing virtuosity, creativity, performance qualities and stage experience:
    • benefit from the technical and artistic experience of recognized dance artists and choreographers, who share their knowledge as teachers
    • discover the benefits of the combination of techniques (Russian, Balanchine, Graham)
    • discover the repertory of Martha Graham and George Balanchine
    • and enjoy the atmosphere of a historic 17th century building in the heart of Paris (Hôtel de Ville/City Hall subway)..

    Daily program September to June

    18 to 20 classes per week
    Young Ballet

    Every day from September to June, Monday to Friday:
    • up to to 20 classes per week: Classical ballet, point work, boys classes, variations, partnering, Martha Graham technique, Flow / Release / Contact-improvisation, floor barre, improvisation, repertory, creation.

    3 Workshops + SUMMER INTENSIVE

    Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer

    • Option Ballet: Classical ballet technique, Variations & Partnering: Petipa, Balanchine, Kylian, Béjart … repertories
    • Option Contemporary: Contemporary-Graham technique, Contemporary and Graham repertory, Choreographic laboratory & Composition classes, release technique
    • Studio presentations and theater performances of repertory and students own creations, about 10 performances every year
    • Lectures about the preparation for a dance career.

    Coaching & close follow-up

    Individual coaching

    Students are trained in small groups and monitored closely by the teachers, with technical and artistic evaluations each trimester. Students objectives are accordingly redefined in collaboration between them and their teachers, to optimalize full personal development.