Maurice Béjart, Benjamin Millepied, Serguei Polunin, these names may not ring a bell, but they have marked the history of dance with their talent and their work.
Knowing these names won’t make you a better dancer.
Yet these inspiring journeys can help you find the motivation to continue with dance lessons, progress, and persevere in the community.
Here are ten destinies more impressive from each other.
Great Dancer: Maurice Béjart
Maurice-Jean Berger (1927-2007), known as Maurice Béjart, is one of the greatest dancers and choreographers of the 20th century.
In 1960, he created his dance company in Belgium called “the 20th Century Ballet” and performed all over the world. The choreographer was also a member of the French Academy of Fine Arts from 1994 until his death.
Throughout his life, his art was more or less contested by his contemporaries, judging it too classic. Maurice Béjart drew on his sources of inspiration in classical and neoclassical dance.
He then integrated musical, lyrical, theatrical, and choreographic elements in his shows.
He is one of the choreographers who invented the bases of modern dance in France and Belgium.
Today he is one of the most cited choreographers in the dance world, who has arguably not only taken oriental dance lessons in Brussels.
Famous Dancer: Benjamin Millepied
As much a dancer as a choreographer, Benjamin Millepied quickly became a star in the industry. And for good reason, he participates in the famous dance film “Black Swan”. A film that follows the grueling training of a star dancer in the ballet “Swan Lake”.
Benjamin Millepied is one of the choreographers hired for the purposes of the shoot.
Born in 1771 in Bordeaux, he was first a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet where his career took off considerably. This is how he was spotted to join the artistic team of the famous film with multiple awards.
Following the filming of “Black Swan”, he became the dance director of the Paris Opera ballet from 2014 to 2016. He also married the beautiful actress Natalie Portman he met on the set of the film.
A beautiful story was worthy of the greatest Hollywood scenarios.
Benjamin Millepied is today an internationally recognized artist.
Top Dancer: Serguei Poluninv
With his full name Sergei Vladimirovich Polunin, the Ukrainian dancer born in 1989, is part of the great list of the greatest dancers in history.
Immersed in dance very early on, he joined the Royal Ballet in London at the age of 17 and became a principal dancer at 20. An extraordinary and precocious career which made the dancer a star in the industry.
It becomes the main subject of an American documentary released in 2016.
The film then retraces its entire history. A story that marks the dance world when the young man decides to leave the Royal Ballet to regain a little more freedom and start living a life far from intensive training.
He will explain in an interview for ELLE magazine:
“I don’t want people to think I’m a dancer. I am much more. I am a human being.”
Who has never heard of Michael Jackson and his famous moonwalk?
A major international star, singer, dancer, choreographer, director, Michael Jackson has more than one string to his bow, having spoken memorable dance quotes a few times.
Born in 1958 and died in 2009 at the age of 50, he is the most popular artist named by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the most successful man to his credit by the Guinness Book of records.
Michael Jackson did not start his career alone.
It was with all of his brothers that he formed the group Jackson Five. But the artist began a solo career in 1971. He then released great hits like Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Beat it, and The Way You Make Me Feel.
Recognized artist and controversial man, Michael Jackson is known around the world.
His concerts are real shows mixing dance, song, and videos. Unparalleled stage performances.
And Michael Jackson knows how to do it in terms of dance.
He popularizes dance steps such as the moonwalk, sidewalk, or even lean: a real feat of the body which leans at 45 ° then stands up without any difficulty. A step that fascinates all his fans and beyond.
Jackson is also the author of numerous dance songs performed around the world!
Born in Paris on March 14, 1959, Patrick Dupond was noticed by winning the Varna international ballet competition in Bulgaria. The French dancer is then propelled into the big leagues.
He then went on to be named principal dancer at the Paris Opera in 1980.
A great classical dancer, he has enjoyed a national as well as international career and collaborates with dance stars such as Maurice Béjart or Rudolf Nureyev, whom he replaces as director of ballet dance at the Opéra national de Paris.
A few years later, the dancer was fired for what he himself called “his insubordination and indiscipline”.
Patrick Dupond does not leave the field of dance so far and continues to perform regularly around the globe.