Eric Camillo

Ballet master – France
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Eric Camillo began dancing at the Princess Grace Academy in Monte-Carlo under the guidance of Marika Besobrasova and then completed his training at the Paris Opera School of Dance under Claude Bessy.

 

He joined the Paris Opera corps de ballet in 1985 under Rudolf Nureyev. At the age of 19, he was awarded the 1st Prize of the International Dance Competition of Paris in 1990, as well as the Arop Prize the following year. He performed in all of the company’s classical productions and made his mark in many soloist roles. Rudolf Nureyev then asked him to join his group “Nureyev and Friends” which toured the world.

 

Eric Camillo ended his dancing career in 2002 and became a professor at the Paris Opera Ballet. Two years later, he was named professor of the 2nd boy division at the Paris Opera Ballet School.

He worked regularly with professional companies and schools as a dance teacher (Kyoto Dance Academy (2007-2018), Royal Ballet School of London (2016), Korean National Ballet and School (2012), Shanghai National Ballet and School (2003-2004), Bolshoi (when he came to Paris in 2004), Nice Opera, Toulouse Capitole (2002), Milan Scala (2001), Jeune Ballet de France, Cuban National Ballet and School (1997)).

 

The last few years, he has been more focused on being a ballet master.

Most notably, he re-staged in Japan Le bal des cadets (D. Lichine), La Vivandière and the 2nd act of Paquita (P. Lacotte), Suite de danses (Y. Clustine), Don Quichotte in 2012, Romeo and Juliet in 2015, the 2nd act of La Bayadère and Le Rêve in 2018 (F. Bourgeois). He also created his own version of Sleeping Beauty in January 2021 in Kyoto.

 

He was often invited to the BBL by Gil Roman between 2020 and 2021 and has been working as a ballet master with the company since 2021.

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