Star of Paris Opera
Born to a Bulgarian father and a French mother. He began dancing at the age of 10 with Roger Ritz. He returned to the Paris Opera School in 1953. Enlisted in the Corps of Ballet in 1957 , he was named Coryphée in 1957 Small Subject in 1959 Large Subject in 1960 First Dancer in 1962 (he passed his examination during his 21-month military service) First Star Dancer in 1964Son first role of Star will be that of the Young Man in the Damnation of Faust by Maurice Béjart and George Balanchine will choose him to dance Concerto Barocco . He also plays the ballets of Serge Lifar , Léonide Massine , Michel Descombey , Mac Millan , Georges Skibine , Ben Stevenson , Pierre Lacotte , Rudolf Noureev , Gene Kelly , John Cranko , John Tarras ,Yuri Grigorovitch … In 1965 he was awarded the Nijinsky Prize.