BWW Interviews: Fabrice Herrault, Dance Historian/Film-Maker
Interview: Fabrice Herrault, Dance Historian/Film-maker
Q. What was the inspiration or push that first put you in dance class?
A. The inspiration came from a doctor's request to my mother, as I was a thin and delicate boy. He thought ballet would strengthen me.
Q. What are the origins of your dance training?
A. Paris Opera Ballet School under Claude Bessy and Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris with teachers from Paris Opera Ballet.
Q. Tell us about your professional dancing experience.
A. Early in my career I was very hungry for experiences and made many moves so that I could fill out my dancing and my life as a young man.
Q. You are a respected ballet teacher. How and when did this talent of yours show itself?
A. A major injury led me to explore teaching. I was given the opportunity to teach at Steps on Broadway. My instruction was very well received, and it was the beginning of my teaching career.
Q. Would you speak about your approach to teaching?
A. My approach with regard to teaching classical ballet is rooted in my training from the influential Paris Opera Ballet.
Q. You have been developing a reputation as a dance historian, via your films. Please tell us about your journey from ballet dancer to teacher to film-maker.
A. As a lifelong photographer, film seems to be a natural extension for me. I have always been passionate about cinema worldwide.