Park Sae-eun becomes the highest dancer of the Paris Opera Ballet: Le DONG-A ILBO
South Korean ballerina Park Sae-eun became the first Asian dancer to be promoted to principal dancer or top dancer in the world-class Paris Opera Ballet troupe.
The Paris Opera Ballet announced Thursday (local time) on its website that Park had been selected as a star dancer after performing in “Romeo and Juliet”. The 352-year-old Paris-based ballet troupe is one of the top three ballet organizations in the world along with the Royal Ballet in Great Britain and the American Ballet Theater.
Joined the Paris Opera Ballet on an interim basis in 2011, Park rose through the ranks in 10 years. After ballerina Kim Yong-gul, Park was allowed to become a member of the POB ballet in June 2012.
Receiving an accolade for her abilities, she was promoted to coryphae in January 2013 and subject in November of the same year, ascending to principal dancer in November 2016. Her performance in the 2005 Dong-A dance competition won her a gold award. , propelling her to fame. Subsequently, Park won major prizes in international ballet competitions, including the Gold Prize at the 2010 Varna International Ballet Competition and 1st place at the 2007 Lausanne Competition.