South Korean ballerina Park Sae-eun has become the first Asian dancer to be promoted to Principal Dancer or the highest performing dancer in the world-class ballet troupe Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris.
The Paris Opera Ballet announced Thursday (local time) on its website that Park had been selected as a prima ballerina 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 Britain’s Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.
Entering the Paris Opera Ballet as a temporary worker in 2011, Park has reached the highest level in 10 years. After ballerina Kim Yong-gul, Park was allowed to join the POB ballet in June 2012.
Receiving recognition for her abilities, she was promoted to corypheus in January 2013 and subject in November of the same year, becoming a 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 awards at international ballet competitions, including the gold prize at the 2010 Varna International Ballet Competition and 1st place at the 2007 Lausanne Competition.