At a young age, Étienne started dancing in Oyonnax, France. He joined the Paris Opera Ballet School in 2003. During his time at the school, he performed in classical pieces such as La Somnambule by George Balanchine, a principal role in Scaramouche by José Martinez and Concerto en Ré by Claude Bessy as well as in contemporary works like Yondering by John Neumeier and Symphony in Three Movements by Nils Christe. He also toured with Paris Opera Ballet School all over Europe, Japan and the USA. Upon graduation, Étienne joined the Paris Opera Ballet Company in 2009 and performed in the classical ballets CinderellaRaymonda and Petrouchka.

Étienne joined SDT in November 2010 and danced classical roles such as Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Gold (Pas de Trois) in Sleeping Beauty, Shepherd in The Nutcracker, the pas de Trois in Paquita or the principal couple in Allegro Brillante and Fearful Symmetries by Nils Christe, Swipe by Val Caniparoli and Maninyas by Stanton Welch to name a few.

He was promoted First Artist in January 2014. His role highlights include Raymonda (Principal Couple), Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Rubies, Gamache in Don Quixote, the pas de trois and tarantella in Swan Lake, Paquita (principal couple), Flower Festival, Fritz in Coppélia, White pas de deux in Double Contrast.

Since he joined SDT, Étienne has also been part of many creations such as Blue Snow, Chant, Another Energy, Opus 25 and Sticks and Stones. He has also danced Traces We Left Behind, Piano Concerto No. 2 Opus 102, Age of Innocence, The Winds of Zephyrus, Midnight Waltzes, Divertimento No. 15, Theme and Variations, Serenade, Slide, Shadow’s Edge, Incomparable Beauty, 4Seasons, Jabula, Organ Concerto, ZIN!, Absence of Story, Lambarena, Triptych, Linea AdoraSYNC, Evening Voices, Variations From A Distance and The Light Behind Us.

Étienne was promoted to Principal in January 2018. He most recently performed his role debut in Romeo and Juliet (2020) as Romeo and Benvolio.

Interview with ETIENNE