Young maestro wants to be a ballet dancer

Young maestro wants to be a ballet dancer


norman lebrecht

January 30, 2019

AskonasHolt have signed Marc Leroy-Calatayud, assistant conductor at Bordeaux, for general management.

Apparently, he’s a secret ballet freak:

‘The first time I entered the ballet studio in Bordeaux it was really a shock: it’s a very different universe with different words, different ways of working and different mentalities too. It was also a time when I didn’t really like the posture I had when I was conducting: I was very tense with very high shoulders. So I thought this would be a good way of learning a lot of things about ballet and how you should conduct it, and also improving my posture. I have private lessons very early in the morning when the studio is free. I really love it!’

Looks like it could be his usp.



  • The View from America says:

    Last I checked, being a balletomane doesn’t make one a freak.

    • JayBee says:

      I’m not sure freak here is to be taken pejoratively. However, he never stated he wanted to became a ballet dancer. The title as with many over here, is misleading.

    • JayBee says:

      To become*

    • Bruce says:

      Calling someone a “________ freak” is a common usage that simply means “enthusiast,” or, maybe, “really enthusiastic enthusiast.” He’s not calling him an actual freak.

    • Anon says:

      Very few dancers are actually balletomanes. They are often not that interested in what other companies and other dancers are up to.

  • Larry says:

    what is “usp?”

  • Steven Larsen says:

    I don’t read anything that indicates he wants to be a dancer. Besides indulging whatever love he might have for ballet, he’s using its physical discipline as a means relaxing tension in his upper body. A lot of conductors have done the same thing using Alexander technique, yoga, etc.

  • Clearly some people posting comments don’t understand the use of the word “freak” in this context. As for interpreting the headline literally, relax, get over it and appreciate its only a journalist’s way of grabbing your attention.

  • RW2013 says:

    Just as long as he “mans up” when he gets in front of the orchestra.