Mathilde Froustey (© Chris Hardy)
Joined as Principal Dancer in 2013.
Mathilde Froustey was born in Bordeaux, France, and received her training at the Marseille National School of Ballet and Paris Opéra Ballet School. At age 17, she joined Paris Opéra Ballet, where she was a soloist. She joined San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2013.
At San Francisco Ballet, Froustey has danced principal roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Giselle), Nutcracker (Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina and Sugar Plum Fairy), Caprice, The Fifth Season, and Trio; Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet; Gsovsky’s Grand Pas Classique; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; Makarova’s (after Petipa) Kingdom of the Shades, Act II from La Bayadère; and Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands and Shostakovich Trilogy (Symphony #9 and Chamber Symphony).
In addition, she has danced lead roles in Cranko’s Onegin, Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias, Nureyev’s La Bayadère, Don Quixote (Kitri), Nutcracker, Raymonda, and Swan Lake; Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée, Balanchine’s Serenade, Lacotte’s Paquita and La Sylphide; McGregor’s L’Anatomie de la Sensation and Genus; and works by Serge Lifar and Roland Petit, among others.
She was honored with a Paris Ballet Donation Foundation dance prize and a gold medal at the Varna International Competition, both in 2004; the Ballet2000 dance prize in 2007; and Danza & Danza’s best foreign dancer award in 2013.