Malandain Ballet Biarritz company has 22 permanent classicall trained dancers : Paris National Opera School, Paris National Music & Dance Conservatoire, Flanders Royal Ballet School … from various different countries, such as Belgium, Spain, Italy, Japan and even Mexico.
Allegra Vianello, born in Venice, Italy. She trained at the Castelfranco Veneto School of Ballet from 2007 to 2011 and was then accepted at the English National Ballet School. She began her career in 2014 at the Ballet Cymru (UK). She was hired by the Malandain Ballet Biarritz in October 2016.
Alessia Peschiulli, born in Lecce, Italy. Alessia graduated from the Rome Accademia Nazionale di danza. She began her career in 2013 at Balletto di Milano (Milan, Italy) directed by Carlo Pesta. She was then hired in 2014 by Arena di Verona (Verona, Italy) directed by Renato Zanella. She joined the Tanz Company Innsbruck at the Tiroler Landestheatre the same year directed by Enrique Gasa Valga which she left in 2017. In 2018, she joined the Malandain Ballet Biarritz.
Arnaud Mahouy, born in Nanterre. He was trained by Florence Letessier at Boix Colombes and Juan Giuliano at the Academy Chaptal in Paris. In 2000, he joined the Paris Superior National Conservatory of Music and Dance, and was awarded the first prize by a unanimous jury in 2004. He joined the Junior Ballet of this establishment before joining Malandain Ballet Biarritz in 2015.
Claire Lonchampt, born in Sèvres. She trained in the Dance School of the Paris National Opera from 1998 to 2001. She continued her training at the European Dance Center, then was admitted in 2002 to the CNSMD in Paris where she joined the Junior Ballet in 2005. She began her career at the Zurich Ballet and then joined the Ballet of the National Opera of Finland in Helsinki in 2007. Later she was in Het National Ballet during 2010. She joined us in 2011.
Clara Forgues, born in Biarritz. She started the École de Ballet Gillet-Lipszyc in Biarritz before entering the École Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille in 2010. She then continued her training in Lausanne at the Rudra-Béjart School. She joined Malandain Ballet Biarritz in September 2014.
Clémence Chevillotte, born in Aix-en-Provence, France. Trained at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille (Marseille national School of Dance) then at Colette Armand's Studio Ballet, her career began in 2006 at Gran Canaria Ballet directed by Anatol Yanowsky. She then danced for the Marseille and Montpellier opera houses as well as the Acodanse company in Marseille. From 2008 to 2010, she joined the ranks of the CCN/Ballet de Lorraine (National Choreographic Centre/Ballet in Lorraine) directed by Didier Deschamps before joining the Opéra de Limoges (Lomoges Opera House). In 2012, she participated in works by various ballet companies and choreographers such as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (Great Canadian Ballets of Montreal), the Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon (Lyon Opera House Ballet) and the Ballet Vlaanderen (Flanders Ballet). She joined Malandain Ballet Biarritz in 2017.
Frederik Deberdt, born in Izegem (Belgium). He studied ballet at the School of the Royal Ballet of Flanders. In 1999, he was a finalist in the Eurovision contest, took part in the Varna competition, and joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders. He came to Malandain Ballet Biarritz in 2001.
Giuditta Banchetti, née à Florence (Italie). Formée à l'Ecole Académique de Danse Classique de Florence en Italie et diplômée avec la méthode Marika Besobrasova. Elle intègre le New English Ballet Theatre de Londres en 2017. Elle reçoit le Grand Prix 2018 dans la première édition des examens internationaux classiques à Florence de l'association Dance Project Charles Jude soutenue par la Fondation Serge Lifar. Elle rejoint le Malandain Ballet Biarritz en octobre 2018.
Born in Joinville-le-Pont, France. he studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris (Paris National Conservatory of Music and Dance), then joined this establishment's Ballet Junior troupe in 2011. In 2012, He danced with the Scottish Ballet (UK) for one season before joining the Israel Ballet company in 2013. He joined the Malandain Ballet Biarritz company in 2015.
Hugo Layer, born in Sens. He studied at the Conservatoire de Sens until 2007, and then at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris for Music and Dance. Meanwhile, he took part in the creation of Rhapsody in blue with Cathy Bisson, played a role in the French television film Fais danser la poussière (Make the dust dance) by Christian Faure and Marie Dô and was chosen to be the soloist in Clowns by Pietragalla/Derouault company. He joined Malandain Ballet Biarritz in 2013.
Irma Hoffren, born in San Sebastián (Spain). She studied at the Thalia Dance School in San Sebastian, and then furthered her training with Maria de Avila and Carmen Roche. She joined Ballet Biarritz Junior from 2005 to 2008, then CCN-Ballet de Lorraine, under the direction of Didier Deschamps. She entered Malandain Ballet Biarritz in 2012.
Ione Miren Aguirre, born in Caracas (Venezuela). She started at the National Conservatory of Bayonne-Basc Coast where she studied under Monik Elgueta in the Ballet Studio in Biarritz. She then joined the Paris National Opera Ballet School after which she joined Rosella Hightower’s Superior Dance School in Cannes. In 2005, she joined the Ballet Biarritz Junior and the following year, Malandain Ballet Biarritz.
Ismael Turel Yagüe, born in Valencia, Spain. In 2006, he won the Audience Award at the Concurso Ciudad Ribarroja del Turia. In 2009, he danced The Nutcracker with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. He was a finalist in the XI Concurso Internacional de Ballet Ciudad de Torrelavega in 2012. In 2013, he worked for Trainee performance with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Graduated in 2014 from the Conservatorio Professional de Danza in Valencia, he joined the Ballet de la Generalitat Valenciana. In 2015, he joined Malandain Ballet Biarritz.
Jeshua Costa, born in Lecce, Italy. Jeshua graduated from the Rome Teatro dell’Opera (opera theatre). From 2013 to 2014, he danced with the Ballet Nice Méditerranée at the Opéra de Nice (Opera house in Nice, France) directed by Eric Vu-An. Then from 2014 to 2018, he danced for the Tanz Company Innsbruck at the Tiroler Landestheatre directed by Enrique Gasa Valga. He joined the Malandain Ballet Biarritz in 2018.
Laurine Viel, born in Paris. She began dancing with Virginia Cosnier at the Villejuif Municipal Conservatory. Then, in 2005, she attended the National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris, before joining its Junior Ballet Classic in 2009. She joined Malandain Ballet Biarritz in 2011.
Loan Frantz, born in Tinago Camalig Albay (Philippines). After training at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse (Toulouse Regional Conservatory), followed by the Ballet School of the Opéra National de Paris, he began his career in 2012 with the Ballet Nice Méditerranée under the direction of Eric Vu-An. He then joined the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux directed by Charles Jude in 2013, and the Opéra Théâtre de Metz directed by Laurence Bolsigner in 2016. He joined Malandain Ballet Biarritz in 2017.
Michaël Garcia, born in Toulouse. He studied dance at the Arts and Dance Center in Fontenilles with Elisabeth and Christophe Garcia for 5 years. He then joined the Academy Princess Grace de Monaco, and later joined Malandain Ballet Biarritz in 2011.
Mickaël Conte, born in Libourne. He trained at the National Conservatory de Bordeaux in 2001. He joined the Ballet Biarritz Junior in 2006 and then joined the CCN-Ballet de Lorraine directed by Didier Deschamps. He joined Malandain Ballet Biarritz in 2011.
Nuria López Cortés, born in Alicante (Spain). She studied from 2004 to 2010 with Marika Besobrasova in the Academy Princess Grace de Monaco. She performed at the Ballet of the National Opera of Bordeaux in 2008, and joined the Malandain Ballet Biarritz in 2010.
Patricia Velázquez, born in Guadalajara (Mexico). She studied at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, from 1994 to 2003. She was then admitted to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in Canada from 2003 to 2005, before joining the Royal Ballet Academy of Guadalajara. She started her career in Mexico in the Compañia de Danza Clásica y Neoclásica de Jalisco in Guadalajara in 2009. She was then engaged in the Compannia Nacional de Danza in 2010, and in the Monterray Ballet in 2011. She joined Malandain Ballet Biarritz in 2012.
Raphaël Canet, born in Avignon. He studied at the Regional Conservatory in Avignon, before joining the Ballet of the National Opera of Bordeaux. Hired in 2009 in Dantzaz Konpainia, he joined Malandain Ballet Biarritz in 2011.
Alejandro Sánchez Bretones, born in Elche, Spain. Trained in his home town at the Escuela de Danza Pilar Sánchez, then with Sofía Sancho in Alicante. In 2011, he was accepted at the Escuela de Danza Víctor Ullate in Madrid and began his career in 2014 with the Víctor Ullate Ballet. Hired in Lisbon, Portugal in 2019 by the Companhia Nacional de Bailado (CNB), he then jointed the Malandain Ballet Biarritz in December 2020.
Yui Uwaha, born in Nagoya, Japan. She studied at the National Ballet School of Canada from 2007 to 2011 then at the Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam from 2011 to 2013. In 2012, she began an internship at the Dutch National Ballet directed by Ted Brandsen, then she was hired by the Opéra de Nice Ballet directed by Eric Vu-An in March 2013, where she played demi-soloist roles in ballets by Maurice Béjart, Jiri Kylian, Roland Petit and Nacho Duato just to name a few. She joined the Malandain Ballet Biarritz in 2019.