Fabrice Calmels



Fabrice Calmels joined The Joffrey Ballet in 2002.

Born and raised in France, Mr. Calmels began ballet training at age three, following in the steps of his younger sister. In 1991, he entered the Paris Opera Ballet School, under the direction of Claude Bessy. Through his training he worked with world-renowned dance masters such as Serge Golovine, Gilbert Mayer, Max Bozzoni, John Neumeier, Jiří Kylián, Violette Verdy, and also performed at the beautiful Opera Palais Garnier theatre.

In 1998, Mr. Calmels was spotted by John Meehan, director of American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, and moved to New York. He furthered his training by joining The Rock School, and danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet. At Boston Ballet, under the direction of Anna-Marie Holmes, he learned the Russian technique with ballet masters Tatiana Terekhova and Sergei Berezhnoi, and also the Balanchine style at The School of American Ballet.

Since joining the Joffrey, he has performed in Age of Innocence; Apollo; Carousel (A Dance); The Clowns; I/DNA; In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; In the Night; Italian Suite; Light Rain; Les Noces; The Nutcracker; N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz; Le Sacre du Printemps; “…smile with my heart;” Suite Saint-Saëns; Valentine; Midsummer Night's Dream; Othello; and After the Rain.

Mr. Calmels has danced several times for television, featured on Chicago’s WGN TV. He also dances with ABT principal Veronika Part in guest performances and has expanded into acting, performing the role of Nijinsky in the new theatre piece MISIA by writer Barry Singer, performed at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. In 2008, he collaborated with world-famous musician Jean-Félix Lalanne, and his choreography was performed at his Autour de la Guitare in Paris. Mr. Calmels enjoys choreographing, modeling and working on "ILYS,” his new business.

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