South Korean ballet dancer Sae Eun Park is the first Asian to attain the top rank at the Paris Opera Ballet. Photo: Instagram/@saeeun_park
South Korean ballet dancer Sae Eun Park is the first Asian to attain the top rank at the Paris Opera Ballet. Photo: Instagram/@saeeun_park
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‘Art transcends race’: Paris ballet’s first Asian elite dancer plays down her origins, but former Korean member of troupe says she’s achieved the impossible

  • Sae Eun Park has reached the top rank of the world’s oldest ballet company 10 years after her audition to join the company
  • Her nomination to the star rank came at a time when classical ballet faces calls for more diversity and inclusion

South Korean ballet dancer Sae Eun Park is the first Asian to attain the top rank at the Paris Opera Ballet. Photo: Instagram/@saeeun_park
South Korean ballet dancer Sae Eun Park is the first Asian to attain the top rank at the Paris Opera Ballet. Photo: Instagram/@saeeun_park
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