Born in Vannes (France), Florence began training in Brittany and graduated from the Conservatoire National de Région de Nantes in 1999. After finishing her High School Diploma she went to Marseille where Marie-Claude Pietragalla offered her to join the Ballet National de Marseille. There she danced beautiful roles as Myrtha in Giselle, the 2nd pas de deux of Approximate Sonata (W. Forsythe), the first bridesmaid in Don Quichotte, and enjoyed performing some more contemporary pieces from Pietragalla as Sakountala and Fleurs d’Automne. Then, when the artistic direction changed, Eric Vu An gave her the opportunity to dance the leading roles of the Firebird (Fokine), Terpsichore in Apollon Musagète, First and Second violin in Concerto Barocco (Balanchine), and Desdémone in La Pavane du Maure (Limon).
In 2002, she met Maurice Béjart and then moved to Switzerland to join the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. During the last seven years, Florence has danced more than 25 different pieces from Béjart’s repertory , including Presbytère, Cantate 51, Serait-ce la mort, The Rite of Spring, Bhakti, Romeo and Juliet, etc.
She also worked with Gil Roman (Syncope, Aria, Casino des Esprits) and with guest choreographers (Julio Arozarena, Tony Fabre, Sthan Kabar-Louët, Alonso King)
One of her most beautiful memory was dancing Cantate 51 (Béjart) on huge stages as at the Bolshoi in Moscow and at the Marinsky Theater in Saint-Petersbourg.
“The numerous tours with my old company gave me the opportunity to travel all over the world and to meet such wonderful people.
Now, it’s time for me to perform in Australia, as I never did before!”
“In my free time?? dancing… more! and drawing, reading, painting, playing the piano and staying aware of everything which happens in the world of Art. I love going to concerts, exhibitions, galleries…I have the feeling that it colors my own dance…”