MARIE LORÈNE FICHAUX
Marie Lorène Fichaux began dancing in her home city of Paris with Diane Ledrich, principal dancer of the Mariinsky Ballet in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Later, spurred on by her teacher, she joined the classes of Paris Opera Ballet stars Jean-Pierre Toma and Claudette Scouarnec among others. Once her education completed, she was awarded a professional diploma at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris by Claire Sombert, a Dance Expert at the French Ministry of Culture, also Etoile du Ballet du Rhin and partner of Gene Kelly in Hollywood. Further on, she joined the Teatro alla Scala Ballet in Milan, Italy, where she completed her professional studies under the direction of Anna-Maria Prina and started her career as a member of the corps de ballet.
Marie Lorène is a gold medalist of the Carpeaux International Competition (France), the Acqui in Palcoscenico Competition and the Premio Internazionale Danza Giovani (Italy). Recently, she was awarded the “Extraordinary Dancer Award” at the Italian International Dance Festival of New York.
Over the course of her international career, Marie Lorène Fichaux has been an interpret for the Teatro alla Scala Ballet (Italy), The Ballet Junior de Genève (Switzerland), and danced as a first artist with The Royal Ballet of London (U.K.). She became a first soloist for La Compañía Nacional de Danza de España directed by famous choreographer Nacho Duato, while carrying on as a principal dancer for The European Ballet, The English Youth Ballet, Ballet de la Comunidad de Madrid and Le Ballet Classique de Paris where she returns regularly. In the United States, she currently performs as a first soloist for several companies including American Ballet Theatre & Friends. She has guested for the Connecticut Ballet, the Staten Island Ballet, the New Jersey Dance Theatre and more.
Her repertoire includes several roles drawn from the great classical ballets from Marius Petipa to Auguste Bournonville, along with pieces by world class choreographers such as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor, Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian and William Forsythe among others.
As a ballet teacher, Marie Lorène Fichaux is a recipient of the French “Diplôme d’Etat” (MA, Dance in Education) from Le Centre National de la Danse in Paris and has earned a “Certificat d’Aptitude” in Dance Pedagogy from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon (France), the highest degree in Dance (PhD) delivered by the French Ministry of Culture. She has been invited to share her expertise with several academies and organizations, such as JKO ballet school, YAGP, L’Ecole des Ballets du Nord-CCN de Roubaix, the Conservatoire Supérieur de Lyon (France) and many more. She has also staged various ballets tableaux, including Janet Lewis production of the “Sleeping Beauty” for The English Youth Ballet. Each year, through her coaching and guidance, her students are accepted into prestigious programs such as ABT, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and more. Some of her students became prize winners of international ballet competitions at Le Prix de Lausanne, YAGP, USA IBC, World Ballet Competition. Finally, many of her graduates have been awarded academic scholarships to illustrious colleges such as Harvard, Princeton, Butler University, Point Park University and more.