Hortense Pajtler 🇫🇷 (Paris Opera Ballet School)
1. How did you become a student of your current ballet school?
When I was 4 years I began dance class in a little school near my home. I did some competitions when the Director of the Opera Ballet School propose me entrance. I was only 9, so not ready to leave my home. Three years later I finally decided to tell her yes. So I passed an audition and was accepted. At the age of 12 I began my first year at POBS.
2. How many hours do you dance per week?
I dance from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day per week. I have minimum of 8-9 hours of classical per week.
3. What is a typical day like at your school?
Every day I go to school from 8:00-12:00 a.m. I'm actually in "3eme" in France. I have passed my DNB this year, which is important for entrance into the company of the opera ballet. At 12:00 we eat and after at 1:30 pm we have one dance class for 1.5 hours each day. After that we have a planning because not every day is the same. We have music, contemporary and many different activities that adapt with our age. This year I just have music, theatre, character and History of the Dance and Anatomy of the Mouvement. We have 2 times 3 hours of classical dance per week and many hours of activities after. I live at the school, so I sleep there. I go back to my home for the weekend in the south of France.
4. What is unique about your school?
The Opera Ballet School is a school of excellence. The technique is typical French technique. It is an excellent school and an opportunity to enter the company of the Paris Opera Ballet.