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Addicted to dance At the Ballet School of the Paris Opera only the most motivated and talented get accepted, and this after a 6 month trial.
Competitive world The girls chat as they make themselves ready, but underneath the happy surface the concurrence between them is tough.
Relaxation and position Guided by their teacher and accompanied by a piano player, the girls rehearse the movements that are part of their exercises.
Feeling good "One is at ease here, because the other boys understand our passion for dance", says Marius, 11 years old.
Strict supervision Watched by their teacher and accompanied by a pianist, the boys rehearse the movements that are part of their exercises.
Les Petits Rats The school is nicknamed "The Little Rats", from the noise of small steps at the time the school was situated on the top floor, under the roof, in the Opéra Garnier in Paris.
Dancer's body Who can train to be a good ballet dancer depends on the instep, the opening of the hips and the suppleness.
Mime class It's crucual to learn how to exaggerate gestures and facial expressions on stage, so that everybody in the audience can see you.
Ready for the O-P-E-R-A? In 2012, the school counts 89 girls and 73 boys. At the end of the year, evaluations will decide who are allowed to continue to the next level.
Letting loose In the musical expression class, the many exercises give room for play and imagination.
Improvisation as fun For a moment, the young dancers forget hardness and rigor to act out their more playful side.
Smart phones and smart dressing Between classes, everybody wears pants and jacket made of fleece to keep their muscles warm.
Lunchtime Due to the physical effort, it is important to eat well. All meals in the school restaurant are put together with the help of a nutritionist.
Language studies German lesson with 6th grade children and their teacher Sarah Moser.
A corner of one's own Like a lot of the children in the school who are not from Paris, Marius sleeps in a dormitory during the week.
The Ballet School of the Paris Opera
The prestigious school, founded in 1713 by Louis XIV, is nowadays situated in Nanterre outside Paris.
Le Monde des Ados n°291
Feb. 13, 2013
The Ballet School
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