Paris Opera Ballet School
The Paris Opera Ballet School is the oldest institution of its kind. Founded in 1713 by Louis XIV to train future dancers for the Royal Academy of Music and Dance, the forerunner of the Opera. Until 1977 the pupils of the Ballet School only appeared occasionally on stage, in small roles that were part of the Paris Opera Ballet’s productions at the Palais Garnier. Today, they have the chance to present an entire performance. Every year, the school presents a series of ballets taken from the traditional repertoire and preserved from generation to generation, or of new works created especially for the pupils.