You told me it was around 2000 boys who applied for the first year at the age of 10, together with you Paul?
"To enter Paris opera ballet school, we have to pass two exams. At the very beginning, we were more or less 2000 boys who tried to pass the 1st exam, and after the 2nd exams we were only seven to join the school. Then, year after year, some dancers were fired, and we were only three dancers left from the 2000 boys at the very beginning. And now, we are only two boys who joined Paris Opera Ballet."
It's hard to become a dancer at the Paris Opera!
After 6,5 years at the school, what happens then?
“You have got only two minutes on stage to show who you are, how you are dancing, after ten years of dance. And those two minutes shall decide if you will have a contract to be a professional dancer.”
Earlier they had to dance two variations – but they have changed the system now, now there is both a class and a variation to dance.
So how were your feelings when you passed and was accepted by the Opera?
“A dream became true, the happiest man in the world, everything in your life is changing, with this little paper.”