Cédric Ygnace

Following a guest-teacher period with European School of Ballet during season 2018-2019, Ygnace joined permanently ESB as Teacher-Ballet Master in 2019. He is in charge of the Advanced Program and leads workshops on classical and contemporary choreographers such as David Dawson, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Marco Goeke and others.

Born in 1978, Ygnace graduated from Academy Princess Grace in Monaco, directed by Marika Besobrasova on “The John Gilpin Scholarship”. He went on joining Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (1996-1998) and later Dutch National Ballet as a Principal Dancer (1998-2012).

Ygnace performed all the lead the roles in “Swan Lake” (R. van Danzig), “The Sleeping Beauty” (P. Wright), “Nutcracker” (W. Eagling/T. van Schayk), “La Syphide” (A. Bournonville), “Onegin” (J. Cranko), “Cinderella”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (F. Ashton), “Giselle” (both M. Gielgud’s and R. Beaujean/R. Bustamante’s), “La Bayadere” (N. Makarova), “Don Quixote” (A. Ratmansky), “Nijinsky” and “Don Giovanni” (K. Pastor), “Sylvia” (J. Neumeier), “Petroushka” (M. Fokine) as well as pieces from M. Graham, M. Marin, J. Robbins or T. Tharp. His repertoire also included G. Balanchine’s ballets such as “Apollon Musagete”, “Agon”, “Concerto Barocco”, “Donizzetti Variations”, “La Valse”, “Rubies”, “Emeralds”, “Diamonds”, “Square Dance”, “Serenade”, “Symphony in C”, “The Four Temperaments”, “Theme & Variations”, “The Prodigal Son” or “Violin Concerto”.

He worked closely with choreographers such as T. Brandsen, N. Duato, W. Forsythe, J.C. Maillot, H. Van Manen, M. Morris, A. Ratmansky, P. Lightfoot and S.Leon, R. Van Danzig, W. Eagling, T. van Schayk, C. Wheeldon, M. Gielgud, X. Peng Wang, D. Dumais and D. Dawson.

Ygnace was awarded the Prix de Lausanne (1996), the Gold medal at Rieti Competition (1996), the Danza & Danza prize (1996), the Espoir de la Danse International (1996), the Alexandra Radius Prize (2004), the Golden Swan Award (2009) and was nominated for the Benois de la Danse 2011 and acknowledged by Dance Europe as one of the “15 top Principal Dancers of 2011”. His guest appearances include several European galas such as Nureyev Gala, Makarova Gala, Dance Open St Petersburg and international ballet companies like The Australian Ballet or Donensk Ballet.

Ygnace has been working as Guest Teacher/Ballet Master for the Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Lithuanian National Ballet, Polish National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet. As a repetiteur, his repertoire spanned from classical pieces like A. Bournonville’s “La Sylphide” or R. Nureyev’s “Don Quichotte” to more contemporary works like D. Nixon”s “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Great Gatsby”, K. Pastor’s “Dracula”, P. Delcroix’ “Paradise Within”, E. Gauthier’s “Takuto”, A. Lopez-Ochoa’s “In Transit”, M. Goecke’s “Lonesome George” or D. Dawson’s “5” and “On the Nature of Daylight”.