The New York Times
As Élisabeth Platel, a former Paris Opera Ballet étoile who now runs the school, pointed out, there is also, quite outside of the specific exercises, the fact that the children spend six to eight years as boarders together at the school.
“We grow up together,” she said in a telephone interview. “We have absorbed the same ideas, had the same teachers. There is an oral tradition passed down that is part of our way of being. We haven’t read about these things in books; we have lived them.”
Speaking of the Paris Opera school, Lefèvre says that in addition to a typically French emphasis on aerial "batterie" and petit allegro, her dancers display the intimacy of long-standing acquaintance. Most of them have known one another since childhood, and these relationships add a human dimension to the troupe’s stylistic unity.
"It’s a rigorous style, but it’s not rigid," Lefèvre says.