began her ballet training in her hometown, Bergerac, at the Myrio and Desha School. She continued her dance studies at the Centre de Danse International de Rosella Hightower on scholarship. At the age of 15, she won a prize at the Prix de Lausanne.

She was chosen to be the leading actress in the movie “l’Age en Fleurs” and began her dance career with the Stuttgart Ballet at 16 where she became principal under the direction of Marcia Haydée. Her repertoire includes principal roles in classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Nutcracker, La Sylphide, Don Quixote, Coppelia, La Fillle mal gardée, Carmen, as well as ballets from John Cranko (Onegin, La Mégère Apprivoisée, Romeo and Juliet, etc…)

She worked with many renowed choreographers such as: Glen Tetley, Maurice Béjart, Jiri Kylian, Hans Van Manen, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Roland Petit, Kenneth Macmillan, Frederick Ashton, Heinz Spoerli, Uwe Scholz and more.SylvianeBayard_portrait

Sylviane made numerous appearances as a guest artist, including the Australian Ballet, Pennsylviana Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Basel Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Ballet National de Marseille Roland Petit, Bayerisches Staatsoper München, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Capitole de Toulouse, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Ballet du XXe Siècle Maurice Béjart, Metropolitan Opera House New York, Teatro Colon, Teatro Massimo, etc.

She has been ballet mistress of the Leipzig Ballet under Uwe Scholz’s direction and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin under Richar Cragun’s direction. Between 1999 and 2004, she was the Artistic Director of the Deutsche Oper Ballet Berlin.

Today she is an international guest teacher and coach. She will be a member of the 2015 Prix de Lausanne’s jury.

Along with Michel Gascard, Sylviane Bayard is the first prize winner of the Prix de Lausanne.

Sylviane Bayard at the Prix de Lausanne in 1973