Avert, a former Paris Opera Ballet Premiere Danseuse, was engaged as a guest rehearsal director to stage and coach much of the repertoire and will join Nissinen in conversation about the program.
Throughout her illustrious career, Averty performed a vast repertoire of classical ballets. Just four years after joining the Paris Opera Ballet in 1979 at age 16, Averty was promoted to Premiere Danseuse.
Under Artistic Director Rudolf Nureyev, Averty performed leading roles in his versions of Raymonda, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, and La Bayadere.
In 1987, Averty joined San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer and returned to the Paris Opera Ballet in 1988.
Since 2009, she has been a freelance ballet teacher and coach for ballet companies, universities, and ballet schools.
In 2016, she joined the faculty of American Ballet Theatre‘s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.