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Name  Claude Bessy

Role  Dancer
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Claude Bessy (born in Paris, October 20, 1932) is a French ballerina, ballet master of the Paris Opera Ballet (1970-1971) and director of the Paris Opera Ballet School (1972–2004).


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Mlle. Bessy trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School from the age of ten, the youngest student ever admitted, and joined the Paris Opera Ballet at age 13, the youngest danseuse ever admitted. In 1956 she was promoted to étoile, the Ballet's highest rank. Bessy was closely associated with Serge Lifar and created leading roles in his 1951 Snow White, 1955 Noces fantastiques and 1958 Daphnis and Chloe. She worked with John Cranko, who made his 1955 La Belle Hêlène on her, and George Skibine, who made a second Daphnis and Chloe on Bessy in 1959.

Claude Bessy (dancer) Je pense que je vais etre un tannante

Bessy was featured in Gene Kelly's film Invitation to the Dance (1956), and four years later he created Pas de dieux at the Paris Opera for her. She also made many television appearances. Bessy has staged ballets for the Comédie Française and Opéra Comique, dances for the musical My Fair Lady (1984) and continues to stage the ballets of Lifar throughout Europe.

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As director of the Paris Opera Ballet School she introduced profound reforms to the teaching regime which led to the birth of a new generation of highly technical dancers like Sylvie Guillem, Patrick Dupond, Élisabeth Platel, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, and succeeded in organising the construction of a new school building in Nanterre inaugurated in 1987.

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  • Danseuse étoile, 1961
  • Claude Bessy présente les Ballets classiques de sa vie, Ed. Hors Collection, 2009. ISBN 978-2-258-07839-0
  • Claude bessy opens dance on camera festival 2011

    2011 dance on camera q a session with claude bessy lignes d une vie filmmaker fabrice herrault


    Claude Bessy (dancer) Wikipedia

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