Who I am

Who I am

It all started with ballet…

My name is Laetitia and I am French born. I started ballet at age 3, and at age 8, my ballet teacher told my father that he should strongly consider sending me to a professional ballet school.

My father agreed so at 9, I auditioned for the Paris Opera Ballet School with thousands of other kids. Out of those thousands, 600 were chosen for phase two of the auditions, and out of those 600, only 18 were carefully picked to be part of the top three ballet schools in the world & I was among the final 18.

I loved dance so much, yet it was far from being easy, especially when your ballet teacher tells you every day that you are fat when you are 10 years old and only weigh 25 kilos!

The training was very complicated and was composed of lessons on classical ballet, folk dances, mime, singing, anatomy, the history of dance, and musical theory.

Just like all “normal” kids we obviously also had to follow the “normal” school curriculum, on top of the other subjects that we were learning, so the days were really long and exhausting! The amazing part is that at age 10, you are already considered a professional dancer and you get to perform on the Paris Opera stage with all the stars in front of thousands of people, and get paid for it! The discipline is extreme and so are the expectations and the level of competition.

Before completing my dancer-choreographer diploma at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon, I went on tour in France, Switzerland, Italy, and Reunion Island. I also danced with the Europa-Dance Ballet Company in Paris.

Immediately after school, I joined the National Ballet of Nancy in France. I then performed at the Festspielhaus in St. Pölten, Austria, at the National Baltic Opera in Gdansk, Poland. I also won a Grand Prix award at the International Ballet Competition in Caen, France. I danced solo and had principal parts in ballets like ‘Don Quixote”, “Giselle”, “The Nutcracker”, “Bayadere” and “Diane & Acteon.”

Then I added Ground and Aerial Acrobatics to my skills…

The ballet world is not as rosy as it seems, unfortunately, and it can get really nasty. All the “backstage stories” (let’s call them that!) made me lose my heart to keep dancing. So I decided that I had had enough of ballet and it was time to move on to something else. Right at that time, I met an amazing person who changed my life: Jean-Ann Ryan.

Thanks to her, I found another way to express myself on stage: Acrobatics!

It wasn’t an easy transition after ballet! I had really strong legs, but my arms were like sticks! I had to totally modify my muscle mass to perform acrobatics. I did acrobatic adagio training in Paris.

The change from ballet to the acrobatic world gave me the freedom to choreograph acts, design the costumes, choose the music, and make my own schedule. There was so much more creativity involved than just dancing and I loved it.

As I built more upper body strength, I also added aerial acrobatics to my skills on apparatus like aerial silks, hoops, straps and nets. Together with my partner Artur, we won bronze medals at the International Circus Festival in Paris, France and Wuqiao, China. Both of these festivals are considered the “Olympics” of the circus world. We also became part of the special event division of the famous Cirque du Soleil.

We performed for various TV shows in Norway, Turkey, Italy, Poland, France, and China.

Germany is the country that requested most of our talent; you could see us at Palazzo Mannheim, Europa Park, Alexander Kunz Theater, Crazy Palace, GOP, and Krystallpalast; just to name a few. We also worked in Lisbon, Portugal and Benidorm, Spain. 

I think the most thrilling show we ever did was in Calgary, Canada for the Calgary Stampede. We performed every night in front of 20,000 people with our flying silks act at 30 meters in the air without the safety of a net! The contract said rain or shine! We were celebrating every night that we were alive! 

We also had the amazing opportunity to perform for many luxury American cruise lines as a specialty act, which allowed us to travel the world for free and get paid while performing amazing shows! We cruised from Alaska to Ushuaia, from St. Petersburg to Cape Town, from Lisbon to Mumbai and from San Francisco to Bora-Bora. Ship life is quite special; you get to wake up every morning in a different city for a few months at a time and meet people from all over the world, which is an amazing life experience.

The challenging part is that you have to perform acrobatics on a moving stage…well, you give a little and take a little.

My Passion: Yoga, Fitness, and a Healthy Lifestyle…

My relationship with yoga started when I was at ballet school. One of my teachers taught us “Surya Namaskar,” Sun Salutation, as a way of warming up our bodies in the morning before the ballet barre. I have to say that it is an unconventional way to prepare for ballet class, but I still use it today to prepare and stretch my body before shows. 

I got addicted to the way my body felt after practicing yoga asanas and really wanted to learn more about the philosophy behind them. At that point, I made the decision to fly to Rishikesh, India, the world capital of yoga to train as a teacher.

It was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it changed my life! I am now a certified and registered yoga teacher by Yoga Alliance.

During the past 15 years, to keep my body in perfect shape for my shows I work out regularly at the gym, doing cardio and strength training. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to learn more about fitness and took a personal fitness trainer course. I have now added becoming a registered health professional by Europe active association to my ever-expanding resume and credentials.

Becoming a Model for International Photographers…

In 2018, I started my modeling career. Fine art photographer Andre Brito got in touch with me and asked if I would be interested in doing a nude shoot on my aerial hoop and pointe shoes. I thought why not?

And here I am! I loved the final results of his shots!

I have been published multiple times in Yoga & Ayurveda magazine in 2017 and 2018, multiple times in Nude Magazine, Lion’s Mag and German edition of Digital Photo Magazine in 2019, and in American version of Shutter, Lion’s Mag, Malvie Magazine, VuNuMag and Playboy Spain in 2020.

My photos have also won multiple awards at Photography contests such as the WPE Awards, Trierenberg Super Circuit, and International Color Awards, along with the International Monochrome Award.

Photographer reference:

Thomas Holm, Andre Brito, Antoine Verglas

Becoming a Model for International Photographers…

In 2018, I started my modeling career. Fine art photographer Andre Brito got in touch with me and asked if I would be interested in doing a nude shoot on my aerial hoop and pointe shoes. I thought why not?

And here I am! I loved the final results of his shots!

I have been published multiple times in Yoga & Ayurveda magazine in 2017 and 2018, multiple times in Nude Magazine, Lion’s Mag and German edition of Digital Photo Magazine in 2019, and in American version of Shutter, Lion’s Mag, Malvie Magazine, VuNuMag and Playboy Spain in 2020.

My photos have also won multiple awards at Photography contests such as the WPE Awards, Trierenberg Super Circuit, and International Color Awards, along with the International Monochrome Award.

Photographer reference:

Thomas Holm, Andre Brito, Antoine Verglas

Measurements

Height 160 cm
Bust 81 cm
Waist 60 cm
Hips 85 cm
Bra cup A
Clothing XS/S
Shoes 36

Available worldwide for shootings, workshops, advertising

Measurements

Height 160 cm
Bust 81 cm
Waist 60 cm
Hips 85 cm
Bra cup A
Clothing XS/S
Shoes 36

Available worldwide for shootings, workshops, advertising

Contact Laetitia…

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