Fabrice Herrault Ballet Summer Intensive - Dance Classes NYC

Fabrice Herrault Ballet Summer Intensive


August 10–21, 2015
Monday - Friday

Click here for important audition information and registration.

Renowned ballet instructor Fabrice Herrault will return to the Ailey Extension this summer to present his acclaimed two-week ballet intensive.  Fabrice teaches classical ballet in its purest form, technique, artistry and musicality. This program is committed to the growth of each individual student in addition to the importance of brilliant classical ballet technique. Mr. Herrault will be joined by world-renowned guest teacher Sofiane Sylve (San Francisco Ballet).

All classes are held at the prestigious Ailey studios, home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, close to shopping, shows and great restaurants. The intensive includes:

  • Daily classes for Intermediate/Advanced dancers, ages 13–16
  • Daily classes for Advanced dancers, ages 15–19
  • Studio performance for family and friends

Pointe work required. Audition is crucial for correct level placement. If you are unable to attend the audition on Sunday, April 12th, please contact sswilloughby@alvinailey.org.

Two Participation levels:

  • Ages 13 – 16 Intermediate dancers
  • Ages 15 – 19 Advanced dancers

Participant Quotes

"Fabrice Herrault's Summer Intensive is tremendous! …renowned teachers, small classes, and lots of individual attention, in a beautiful facility."
- Beatriz Stix Brunell (Royal Ballet, 2008-09 intensive participant)

"Fabrice teaches classical ballet in its purest form, technique, artistry, and musicality. He taught me not only to be a dancer, but also to be an artist."
- Meghan Hinkis (American Ballet Theatre, 2008 intensive participant)

Please Note: Hotel accommodations are not included in the workshop fee. Upon registration, discounts for select NYC hotels are available to students. Email khill@alvinailey.org for more information.

Full Class Schedule, Directions and More


About Fabrice Herrault

Mr. Herrault began his classical training with Daniel Franck at L'Academie Chaptal in Paris before enrolling in L'Ecole de Danse de l'Opera de Paris under Claude Bessy. Since Graduating from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris under Serge Golovine and Attilio Labis, he has danced with Le Jeune Ballet de France, Hamburg Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Les Ballets de Marseille Roland Petit, Twyla Tharp and Dancers, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, among others.He has appeared on film in “The lady with camellias” with Hamburg Ballet, in “In the upper room” with Twyla Tharp and Dancers on PBS's Dance in America series.

He has been a member of the teaching faculty at: Barnard College, The Ailey School, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and The Juilliard School. He has been a guest teacher with numerous dance companies and competitions, among them:

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Finnish National Ballet, The San Francisco Ballet, New York International Ballet Competition

Fabrice Herrault says French training is “not about style, but about details, and making every transition clear. It’s about the look of a classical ballet dancer: straight, elegant but strong; that focus in the eyes that really is everything; the line, sensitivity, and feeling in the movement, and the musicality, which is number one.”

About the Guest Artist

Sofiane Sylve was born in Nice, France, where she studied at the Académie de Dance. At the age of 14 she joined the Stadttheater in Karlsruhe, Germany.

In 1993, she joined the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, expanding her repertory with works from George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Hans van Manen, Rudi van Dantzig, Wayne Eagling, Glen Tetley, William Forsythe, and David Dawson.  In the winter of 2002-2003 Sofiane Sylve appeared as a guest artist with New York City Ballet, performing in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, Kammermusik No. 2, Serenade, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Symphony in Three Movements, and Western Symphony.

In fall 2003 Sofiane Sylve joined New York City Ballet as a principal dancer. She performed featured roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, and Christopher Wheeldon.  She created roles in works by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Jorma Elo, Susan Stroman, and Alexei Ratmansky.  Sofiane Sylve continues to perform regularly in Europe, notably with Dutch National Ballet and English National Ballet.


Schedules will be provided to parents upon registration.

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