Our School Team

Séverine de Cussac

Séverine de Cussac trained at the Paris Opera School of Dance under the direction of Claude Bessy. At 17, she was hired as a Quadrille at the Opéra National de Paris, where she danced for seven years in the large classical repertoire, numerous choreographies by Rudolf Nureyev, and neo-classical works by George Balanchine, Jérome Robins, and Maurice Béjart, in addition to entries in the repertoire of contemporary creations by William Forsythe, Mats Ek, and Angelin Preljocaj. She was a finalist in the Varna competition and obtained the State Diploma of the Ministry of Culture for teaching classical dance.

She was then hired as a soloist at the National Opera of Dresden in Germany under the direction of Vladimir Derevianko.

Vladimir Derevianko’s direction. She performed in numerous roles in the ballets of John Neumeier, Uwe Scholz, John Cranko and played “Giselle”. She works with great choreographers such as Jirì Kyliàn, Mats Ek. Under the direction of Aaron Watkin she continued to work with William Forsythe and met David Dawson and Oad Naharin.

After a twenty-year career as a dancer, she became a classical dance teacher at the Dresden Palucca Hochschule für Tanz” in 2013. She teaches Classical Dance, Pointes and Variations of the Repertoire to students from 11 to 16 years old, as well as to students of the Superior Cycle. She also participates in the preparation of performances in collaboration with the “Semperoper Ballett” of Dresden.

She is also a mentor in the training of students in the Master of Pedagogy program. She participates in further training and didactic method sessions at her school and at seminars.