Training for Dancers
Born in Nice, Sandrine studied at the Conservatoire Superior de Paris and was awarded with the Prix de Lausanne in 1993. After joining the Paris Opera Ballet for 2 years, she danced as a principal dancer in international companies such as Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Zurich Ballet, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Alberta Ballet, Ballet British Columbia and Béjart Ballet Lausanne. In 2012, Alonzo King offered her a position in his LINES Ballet faculty, where she taught and choreographed for 4 years. Ballet mistress with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company and recently Ballet British Columbia, Sandrine is now back in Europe and works as a freelance teacher, choreographer and performer.
My two great inspirations since I started teaching are Truman Finney, one of Balanchine‘s latest ballet masters and Alonzo King. The key is to always treat each class as a self-discovery and an exchange. I believe ballet technique has to be treated as a science, and physicality is to be found in dynamic and musicality. Also a great believer in breaking walls between various styles of dance, I will often use references from tap dancing, the Forsythe technique or images I learnt in Gaga classes.