Benjamin Millepied (Bordeaux, France) danced as a principal with New York City Ballet. He trained at the Conservatoire National de Lyon and attended a summer school in 1992 at the School of American Ballet, where he became a full-time student in 1993. Two years later, he joined the corps de ballet of New York City Ballet, where he was promoted to principal in 2002.
Millepied made his choreographic debut in 2001 with Passages, which he created for the Conservatoire National de Lyon. In 2002 and 2003, he took part in the young choreographers’ programme of the New York Choreographic Institute.
This was followed by several ballets for Danses Concertantes (a touring group he set up himself), and for New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Paris Opera Ballet, Ballet de Genève, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the School of American Ballet and ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov. In September 2010, Benjamin Millepied choreographed the work One thing leads to another for the Dutch National Ballet.
Millepied recently created the choreography for the opening film of the Venice Film Festival, Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky, in which he also played the role of the male principal dancer.