JEAN MARTINELLI

Training and career

Jean Martinelli, director and founder of the CBM, is a professional dancer since the age of 15 when he took his first lessons with Mr Francis MARZUOLA in Nice, then very quickly with Ms. Marika Besobrasova, director of the Princess Grace Academy MONTE CARLO, and Alexandre KALIOUJNY, a former principal dancer of the Paris Opera.

He is quickly hired at the ballet of the Opera of Nice, under the direction of Mrs. Françoise ADRET. During this period he worked with, among others SERGE LIFAR, Dimitri PARLIC, Georges SKIBINE, and finally with LYCETTE DARSONVAL, a former "étoile" from Paris Opera who appointed him soloist.

Serge Golovine, who took over the direction of the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneva, appointed him as principal dancer in 1967, and then he was hired as a soloist in Germany in Wuppertal and finally in Düsseldorf.

In 1972 he returned to Switzerland, to devote himself to education and various activities related to the promotion of dance. He opened his school in Geneva and Gland and then, in 1978 in Nyon.

He organizes ballet performances, including at the Grand Casino Geneva – for its opening, with the GALA DES ETOILES DE LA DANSE in 1983 and invites the National Ballet of Spain and PATRICK DUPOND a few months before he was nominated " étoile" at the Paris Opéra Ballet.

President and founder of the ASSOCIATION DES ECOLES DE DANSE DE GENEVE, he set up a yearly show performed by the schools which took place for many years at the Grand Casino.

He left Geneva in 1987 to devote himself to his schools in the area of Nyon. In 1992, he founded with some colleagues the Fédération Suisse des Ecoles de Danse(FSED), which established a common regulation for the member schools and coordinates and controls the quality of the training, informing the public about the work of each school.

In 1995 he creates the Printemps de la Danse , in Gland, at the THEATRE DE GRAND CHAMP, a succesful choreography competition which turned out later to become DANSENYON, a contest for young dancers.

In 2002, together with Floriane Vergeres, he founded JEUNE BALLET DU LEMAN, which offers a complementary training to young promising artists as well as stage experience. From September 2004, he undertakes the JEUNE BALLET alone, in Nyon . The students have the opprtunity to study with guest teachers and choreographers such as Yvette REGUIERO, Delphine DOUS, Antonio Gomez, Marc Ribaud, Pascale Courdioux and Lucy Nightingale . This year the JEUNE BALLET MARTINELLI (JBM) will present its new performance at the Théâtre de Nyon Marens on June 20 2015. The guest choreographer is Lucy Nightingale and the direction of the JBM is now runned by Delphine Dous.

Delphine Dous

Born in Nyon, she started dancing at the age of five with Jean Martinelli as a teacher. Many times awarded in national contests in Switzerland and after a year spent at the Geneva Conservatory ( at the time directed by Gilbert Mayer ) , she leaves Switzerland at the age of 15 to join the famous Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes (France). Directed by Rosella Hightower, she obtains her high school diploma and shortly after joins the Jeune Ballet International de Cannes.

At the age of 19, keen on new experiences, she moves to the Netherlands to join the Rotterdam Dance Academy (CODARTS) and works with teachers and choreographers such as Itzik Galili and Thom Stuart. She completed her BA in Arts ( Dance ) in 1998 and joins the Rotterdam Dance Group directed by Käthy Gosschalk. There she peroformed choreogrphies from Ton Simons, Rick Kam, Jacopo Godani. Later on, she joined the Dutch Don’t Dance Division dirested by Thom Stuart and Rinus Sprong, in the Hague.

Years later, back in Switzerland, she is asked by Jean Martinelli to join the Centre de Ballet as a teacher and co-organised with him during 10 years the choreography and individual contests « DanseNyon ».

She was appointed deputy director at the Centre de Ballet en 2015.