BWW Interviews: Fabrice Herrault, Dance Historian/Film-Maker

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.

I performed with the Hamburg Ballet, Monte Carlo Ballet, and Les Ballets de Marseille Roland Petit, Twyla Tharp and Dancers and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

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.

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Marjorie Liebert Marjorie Liebert began her professional training and performing career at age thirteen with the Boston Ballet Company, Boston, MA, under the direction of E. Virginia Williams. At twenty one, Ms. Liebert went to Europe where her career expanded when she met Maitre Boris Kniaseff and his brilliant Barre-a-Terre method. She became a principal in his performing group as well as his assistant and was chosen by Maitre Kniaseff to perpetuate his method. Ms Liebert works as teacher/coach and guest teacher for companies and schools in Europe, South America, and North America, such as: the Dutch National Ballet, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; La Compagnie de Grand Theatre, Geneva, Switzerland; Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Montreal, Canada; Ballet Stagium, Sao Paolo, Brazil; Studio du Marais, Paris, France (Kniaseff?s former studio); Studio Paris Centre, Paris, France; Artemis, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; several of the NYC, NY dance studios, principally, her own.

Ms. Liebert is committed to the optimal health of her dancers? bodies as well as their developing the ultimate of their artistic expressions.


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