Thomas Gallus

Director of the Exclusive International Ballet Program @ Guest teacher and Assistant choreographer

Mr. Gallus was born in Antibes in 1979, and began his dance training at the
conservatoire de Nice. At the age of 12 he was accepted into the Ecole National
Superior de Danse in Marseille under the direction of Roland Petit where he
continued his training with Monsieur Raymond Franchetti and other renowned
teachers such as Dominique Khalfouni and Michael Denard.
During his training he won the silver medal at the Mediterranean international
classical ballet competition.

Whilst at school Roland Petit created the solo «Iberia» for him along with a solo in
his ballet «Roland Petit fait son cinema». He also performed soloist roles in the
ballets «An American in Paris» and «Les Variations chromatiques.»
Mr. Gallus began his career with L’Opéra National de Bordeaux in 1998, where his
repertoire included soloist Roles in: «Purcell Pieces» by Nils Christie, «Jardin aux
Lilas» and «Continuo» by Anthony Tudor and «Napoli» by Bournonville.
From 2000 until 2004 he danced with L’Opéra de Paris, performing in all the
companies repertoire, including the works of Rudolf Nureyev, John Neumeier, Roland
Petit, Maurice Bejart, Patrice Bart, Pierre Lacotte amongst others and was coached by
Manuel Legris and Monique Loudières.

From 2004 until 2009 he danced with La Scala Milan where his repertoire included
Soloist Roles in the world premiers of «Dido and Aneas» by Wayne Macgregor,
«Contro Potere» by J. Godani and in the repertoire of ballets by Nureyev, Prejlocaj
and Kylian amongst others.
During 2009 he was a Guest Principal with Alberta Ballet where his repertoire
included, The Prince in «The Nutcracker» by Edmund Stripe, «Midsummer Nights
Dream» by Christopher Wheeldon, «Fiddle and the Drum» by Jean Grand Maitre and
«Alice in Wonderland» by Edmund Stripe.
In 2010 he was a Principal dancer with the Ballet de l’Opéra de Nice where his
repertoire included, the Poet in «Les Syphides», Balanchine’s «Allegro Brillante»,
Bejart’s «Cantate 51», Canitto’s « Viva Verdi and Marco Polo» and Mancini’s «La
Campanella».

From 2010 until 2014 he was a soloist with the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon where his
repertoire included, Albrecht’s friend in «Giselle» by Mats Ek, «Cinderella and Faces
(creation)» by Maguy Marin, «Tabula Rasa» by Ohad Naharin, «the second detail,
Limbs theorem and One flat think reproduced» by William Forsythe, «This part of
darkness» by Benjamin Millepied, «One of a kind» by J.Kylian (solo man) and Boléro
by Meryl Tankard.
His international guest appearances include Ballet Dortmund’s International Ballet
Gala and the International Ballet Gala in Santo Domingo, performing «Firebird pas de
deux» by Marco Goecke with Robert Tewsley.
«Kader Belarbi and friends» in Dubai, Spain, Corsica, Italy, Germany and France
performing «Le Corsaire pas de deux» from Marius Petipa, «Flower Festival» pas de
deux by August Bournonville, «La Sylphide» by August Bournonville, Fokine’s
«Daphnis and Chloe» with Myriam ould-Braham (Etoile of l’Opéra National de Paris)
Mr. Gallus received his Diploma D’Etat to be a dance pedagogue in 2009 in Paris, and
has since worked as a personal coach for certain dancers for the ‘Concours de l’Opéra
de Paris and as a guest teacher for a group of dancers from the ‘Ballet de l’Opéra de
Lyon’. He is a guest teacher at the Zurich Ballet, Basel Ballet, Ballet National of
Prague , Het National Ballet Amsterdam, National Ballet of Slovenia, Ballet national
de Bordeaux, Gautier Dance Compagny (Stuttgart), Dresden Frankfurt Dance
Company and Studio Harmonic ( Paris) . His also a frequent guest teacher at the
Architanz Studio in Tokyo and Kanazawa, teaching classical and contemporary
repertoire and workshops. He teaches at numerous festivals and workshops including
the International summer school in Belgium and the ‘summer dance Festival’ in Nice
France. He also assisted Howard Quinto with his new production of `Giselle`for the
Slovenian National Ballet.

Mr. Gallus is inspired by the diverse styles of the companies and dancers he has
worked with during his career and he uses his experience to encourage and mentor
dancers in exploring and developing the many styles and techniques that are needed
by professional dancers in world class ballet companies today.