(b Monte Carlo, 20 Nov. 1924; d Paris, 31 Jul. 1998)
French dancer and teacher. He studied with Julie Sedova in Nice (from 1935) and with Gustave Ricaux in Monaco, later with Preobrajenska and Volinine in Paris. He performed with the Opera Ballet of Monte Carlo during the Second World War and in 1947 he joined the Paris Opera Ballet, where he eventually became a soloist, but it was with the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas (1949–61), that he achieved international fame. Particularly renowned for his elevation, and batterie, he excelled in the Blue Bird pas de deux and Spectre de la rose; but was also acclaimed for his Petrushka. He created the role of the Man in Lifar's L'Amour et son destin (1957). In 1962 he founded his own troupe, Les Compagnons de la Danse, for whom he made several works; from 1964 to 1969 he was artistic director and principal dancer of the Geneva Opera Ballet. He retired from the stage in 1976 but continued to teach, at his own school, which he founded in Geneva in 1969, and later at the Paris Opera Ballet School (from 1981). Légion d'honneur (1998).