Real Talk with François Petit


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Practical Tips with François Petit   - Interview by Armando Braswell 

François is from the best of the best. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. He is a former Principal Dancer of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and a former star dancer with the Zürich Ballet. For 10 years, he was a main Ballet Master at the Opernhaus, Zürich, assisting both Heinz Spoerli and later Christian Spuck in all of their creations. He has worked with some of the most important Choreographers of today and has appeared as a guest artist with many different companies in Europe and abroad. He joined the staff of Ballet School Theater Basel in August 2016.

What do you eat or wish you ate: Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Snacks? Before class?

Breakfast is cereals with milk, yogurt and fruits with a tea. When I get to the theater some nuts and coffee. Then later I will snack fruits and nuts. Lunch and Dinner depend of the time I have. If I eat more at lunch, then I'll eat less at night… mainly I like meat or fish and vegetables and something like Ebly or pasta or rice or bulgur. When I have a day off, I cook a nice dinner and drink a nice wine (my French side) Back when I was dancing, I always had a good breakfast and If I needed, bananas as a snack (I never eat bananas anymore), pasta at midday if I had a show and another good meal at night. Two to three hours before a show a little snack only.

How do you warm up? before class? before a show?

Well, I always a dancer that warmed up...maybe too much. I warmed before class, I warmed up before rehearsals, I kept warm if I had a break and of course, I warmed up before shows. Before class was a mix of core strength work and stretching around 20/30 minutes. Before a show, we ...

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