Francois Perron Teaching

Francois Perron

Founder, Artistic Director

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Coming from an extended family of dancers, his aunt was Etoile at the Paris Opera Ballet (Lycette Darsonval). The title of Etoile was created for her, making her the first Etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet; his Uncle (Serge Perrault) was also a member of the Paris Opera Ballet, then Roland Petit, his mother danced also at the Paris Opera Ballet. His brother Richard is now Company Manager of Bejart Ballet, and his sister in law, Christine Klepal, former principal with the Royal Ballet of Wallonie.


Francois Perron is a graduate of the Paris Opera Ballet School, where he studied under the direction of Claude Bessy. Before moving to the United States, François danced with La Scala in Milan, where Maurice Béjart invited him to Brussels as part of Les Ballets Du XXe Siecle. François has had principal contracts with the Northern Ballet Theatre of England and Ballet Du Nord.


François is one of the very few dancers who danced with all three major ballet companies in New York City. When first arriving in the United States, François joined the Joffrey Ballet in New York City, dancing principal roles. He then danced with the New York City Ballet for six years and briefly with American Ballet Theatre.


Francois has appeared with numerous companies worldwide as a guest artist and served as Ballet Master for New York Theatre Ballet and Florence, Italy’s Maggio Danza. In 1997, François accepted a full faculty position at Studio Maestro (now Manhattan Youth Ballet) and from 2001- 2011 was Managing Artistic Director of the school and youth company. He is regularly invited to guest teach at major dance schools, including Miami City Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, and the upper level at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. François is a faculty member of The Juilliard School. François was the ballet coach of the boys of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show, Billy Elliott, for its entire run.


François’ students have been accepted to the Paris Opera Ballet School and as company members at American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Nederland Dans Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Orlando Ballet.


François Perron is an ABT® Certified Teacher who has completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering and an official Examiner for American Ballet Theatre's Affiliate Examinations.

Francois is also involved in Big Apple Ballet', a reality television series set at New York City's premier pre-professional ballet school 'FAB' French Academie Of Ballet, a US and global destination for rising star dancers at the highest caliber of training in the competitive world of professional ballet.