Paris ballet's foreign legion reaches for the stars

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Paris ballet's foreign legion reaches for the starsWatching YouTube as a child in Australia, the idea of one day joining the ranks of the hallowed Paris Opera Ballet seemed nothing short of an impossible dream. Unlike the Royal Ballet in London or the New York City-based American Ballet Theatre, the Paris Opera Ballet has very few foreign dancers -- of its 154, only 25 are not from France. AFP met four of the current performers from further afield who have joined the Paris company founded by Louis XIV and which has its own very particular French style.

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