Nicolas Le Riche

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Nicolas Le Riche (born January 29, 1972, Sartrouville, Yvelines) is a French ballet dancer. He entered the Paris Opera Ballet school at age ten and joined the corps de ballet six years later; his first ròle was in Gsovsky's Grand Pas Classique. He was promoted to sujet in 1990 and premier danseur in 1991. Balletmaster Rudolf Nureyev cast him as Mercutio and subsequently Romeo in his version of Romeo and Juliet; he then performed in Nijinska's Le Train Bleu, in Robbins' In the Night, Neumeier's Vaslaw, Lander's Etudes, Nureyev's La Bayadère, Mats Ek's version of Giselle, and Petit's Le Jeune Homme et la Mort and Les Forains.

Le Riche was promoted to the Paris Opera Ballet's highest rank, that of étoile (literally, star), after his debut in the róle of Albrecht in the traditional version of Giselle. He performed A Suite of Dances as guest artist at New York City Ballet's Jerome Robbins celebration in June 2008. As choreographer he has made ballets since 2001, including Caligula to Vivaldi's The Four Seasons in 2005.

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