Aurelie Dupont

Aurelie Dupont

French ballet star
Date of Birth: 15.01.1973
Country: France

  1. Biography of Aurelie Dupont
  2. Early Career and Awards
  3. First Soloist and Principal Dancer

Biography of Aurelie Dupont

Aurelie Dupont is a French ballet star who began her training at the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1983. She was accepted into the corps de ballet at the age of 16 in 1986.

Aurelie Dupont

Early Career and Awards

In 1992, Dupont won the Gold Medal in the junior division at the Varna International Ballet Competition. The following year, she received the Audience Sympathy Prize, and in 1994, she was awarded the Carpeaux Club Prize. During this time, she performed the role of Gamzatti in Rudolf Nureyev's version of "La Bayadere" in the "Young Dancers" program. Choreographer Roland Petit chose her to perform in his ballet "In the Rhythm of the Waltz."

Aurelie Dupont

First Soloist and Principal Dancer

In 1996, Dupont danced the leading roles of Clara in Nureyev's version of "The Nutcracker," the Girl in Petit's "Le Loup," and Mari in Angelin Preljocaj's "L'Annonciation." She was promoted to the rank of First Soloist during this period. In 1997-1999, she performed as Raymonda, Kitri in Nureyev's version of "Don Quixote," Gamzatti in Nureyev's version of "La Bayadere," Manon in Kenneth MacMillan's "Manon," and one of the main roles in Preljocaj's "Casanova."

On December 31, 1998, she was named an Etoile, the highest rank for a dancer at the Paris Opera Ballet. From 1999-2001, she appeared in ballets such as John Neumeier's "Sylvia," Jerome Robbins' "In the Night," George Balanchine's "Capriccio," Nureyev's versions of "The Sleeping Beauty," "Cinderella," and "La Bayadere" (as Nikiya), Petit's "Carmen," Neumeier's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and Mats Ek's "Giselle."