The aim of La Sylphide Ballet School

Is to prepare students in such a way that they can deal with any artistic challenge – competitions, shows or international auditions .
In order to succeed in any of these situations the students must get into contact with the international ballet world through the interaction with teachers and artists from other countries, maybe even with another system of working then they are used to.
This is why La Sylphide Ballet School has proposed to invite every year personalities from the dance world who can share to the young ballet dancers the experience they have accumulated in years of work on the stages of the world.

Nina Gedevanovna Ananiashvili

Nina Gedevanovna Ananiashvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia.

In 1976 she entered the Moscow Choreographic Institute where her main teacher was Natalia Zolotova. She graduated and entered the Bolshoi Theater.

Very fast she rose to become a prima ballerina. She, along with Andris Liepa, was the first Soviet dancer to appear as a guest performer with the New York City Ballet in 1988 (she had danced in "Raymonda Variations", "Apollo" and "Symphony in C" there).In subsequent years, Nina Ananiashvili became an international ballet superstar. Ananiashvili also had the honor of being the first Soviet ballerina to perform with the Royal Danish Ballet, and it was considered a particular triumph that she danced in such pieces as La Sylphide and Napoli, by the Danish master August Bournonville, who is considered a national treasure by many.

During her career she had performed in many ballet theaters in various countries (in most of the places she performed as a guest artist): Bulgaria, Denmark, Argentina, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Hungary Italy, Japan, Monaco, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

She performed well in several competitions:

In 1980 she won the Gold Medal in the junior group of the 10th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria;
In 1981 she and Andris Liepa won Grand Prix in the junior group of the 4th International Ballet Competition in Moscow (Andris Liepa received the Gold Medal there).
In 1985 she won the Gold Medal in the senior group at the 5th International Ballet Competition in Moscow; in 1986 she and Andris Liepa were awarded the Grand Prix at the 3rd USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, United States.

She became a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre in 1993, and in 1999 she joined the Houston Ballet with that same rank. She made her debut with the Boston Ballet in that company's Russian-American production of Swan Lake. Accomplished style and rare dramatic talent have made Nina Ananiashvili one of the mostly well known dancers of modern times

Since September 2004, she has been artistic director of the National Ballet Ensemble of Georgia.

JACQUES MARSA Opera de Paris

Winner of the 1st prize of the National Superior Conservatory of Paris for Music and Dance, Jacques Marsa was a principal ballet dancer of the Paris Opera under the guidance of Mrs. Claude Bessy.

Since then he was organizing shows and festivals in Arles, Nimes, Nisa, Sete, Narbonne, Menton, Dax, etc inviting personalities from the dance world such as: Claire Motte, Georges Piletta – stars od the Paris Opera, but also Claude Devulpian, Florence Vlerc, Richard Duquesnoy, Josselyn Bosser, Martine Vuillermoz, Guy Vareilhes, etc.

In 1974 he founds his own company– Horizons Danse Companie – formed out of 12 dancers among which we name Dominique Bagouet as soloist.
With this company he participated in many festivals (for exemple Festival du Theatre des Champs Elysees – art director Youli Algaroff)
In 1976 he becomes soloist and maestro-educator at the Opera of Strasbourg under the lead of Peter Van Dyck
In 1979 he is invited as ballet maestro and professor at Companie du Ballet de Bale – art director Heinz Spoerli
In 1981 he sets up his own ballet school at Verneuil sur Seine
In 2000 he collaborates with MAURICE BEJART for the setting up on stage the ballet “l’Enfant Roi” at Chateau de Versailles