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History – Alain Astié

The term “barre” refers to the traditional floor exercises for dancers corresponding to the barre work of everyday’s ballet class.

It also reveals the identity of its creator, Mr Alain ASTIĖ, who grew up in the world of the art, being part of a generation that marked the history of dance

for example,  Serge Lifar who offered Mr Astie  the first prize of the Paris Conservatoire Competition, Harald Landler who was one of his teachers, Rudolf Nureyief with whom he had the honor to dance when a soloist in Oslo Opera, Maurice Bejart who employed him as a dancer and Carla Fracci who offered him roles in her ballets.

In 1977 Mr. ASTIĖ created the center « Expression through Dance » in Lyon, France, then in 1980 became Artistic Director and teacher at the professional training center « A.I.D.E.S ».

He has been Regional Delegate of the Dance Federation “FNID” and Technical Advisor of Cultural Affairs of Lyon for the Rhône Department . Master and Guest Teacher for numerous International Training Courses, Master Classes and Ballet Companies in Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Japan and France..,He wrote the book “Grammaire des corps” and in 2009 initiated the official educational programme for Barre ASTIĖ trainers in Japan, Greece, Italy, and France.

Biography – Alain Astié