Backstage Video 201708/03/2017
Danza In Fiera24/02/2017
A new Star is shining02/01/2017
Léonore Baulac in the Swan Lake23/12/2016
Merlet Tote Bag16/12/2016
Magical Glitter Pointe Shoes11/12/2016
DIVA, ready to dance !23/11/2016
Winter Ballroom shoes 201609/11/2016
ROSE Pointe Shoes02/11/2016
Interview - Léonore Baulac01/04/2016
Backstage video 201523/04/2015
Léonore Baulac, Merlet's Muse22/04/2015
40 years for Merlet12/02/2014
Ballroom shoes collection W201302/09/2013
Ballroom shoes collection 201203/03/2013
16 March 2017Perle Vilette, our 2012 Merlet's Muse, has been engaged at the Ballet of Bordeaux opera.We are proud and happy for her and we wish her a huge success !
Backstage Video 201708 March 2017
Discover our Backstage Video from our Photo shooting Merlet 2017 with our Star, Léonore Baulac !
24 February 2017
Merlet is in Firenze for the Dance Retail Show Danza In Fiera !
A new Star is shining02 January 2017
Congratulations to our new Etoile of The Paris Opera Ballet
Our muse, Léonore Baulac, has been promoted Danseuse Etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet on the 31st December 2016 following her performance in Swan Lake.
We are really proud and happy for her !
Léonore Baulac in the Swan Lake23 December 2016
Merlet’s muse, Léonore Baulac, will perfom Odette/Odile in Swan Lake by Rudolf Noureev on the 31st December 2016 at l’Opéra Bastille
Merlet Tote Bag16 December 2016
Simple, elegant and practical, the Léonore Baulac Tote Bag by Merlet is waiting for you.
Available in January. For booking, contact your nearest ballet store!
Magical Glitter Pointe Shoes11 December 2016
Those beautiful glittered pointe shoes will be the perfect present for all young girls passionate by dance.
Glitter Pointe Shoes are in limited edition : Pink, Silver and Multicolore are waiting for you at our resellers stores
DIVA, ready to dance !23 November 2016
Expert, technician and rigorous, our pointe shoe DIVA fits all dancers looking for perfection !
Winter Ballroom shoes 201609 November 2016
Burgundy, Red Electric, Fauve, Champagne or blue Cobalt … Different themes which will perfectly fit your feet.
ROSE Pointe Shoes02 November 2016
"In each Rose born a Star"
Especially dedicated to our young ballerinas, our Rose Pointe Shoes will delight each dancer. Come to its magical and pinky universe.
Merlet Ballerines10 October 2016
Merlet ”ballerines” are coming for sunny days in our resellers stores.
Discover our three new colors : Navy Blue, Powdered Pink and Blue Sky.
Ballerines on your feet !
Backstage 201611 April 2016
Léonore Baulac, First soloist from the Paris Opera
Interview - Léonore Baulac01 April 2016
Léonore Baulac’s 2015 The principal dancer of the Opéra national de Paris
2015 ended beautifully ... promotion to the post of principal dancer, what a meteoric rise! What is your main feeling about it?
Mainly disbelief! Everything changed for me very quickly and at the moment I am having difficulty realising that I am a principal dancer. With this title comes enormous responsibility with regard to the Opéra and the public, which means a certain amount of pressure. I will try to turn this pressure into a stimulus to surpass myself rather than into stress, but that’s not going to be easy!
Was this promotion a surprise?
Yes, because the competition was tough; there is no shortage of talented dancers in the class of Sujets! I knew that I was one of the favourites but that did not mean that I would get it as anything can happen on D-day!
How do you feel about no longer having to take part in the competition?
It’s a huge relief to no longer have to take part in this competition which I found really tough to deal with. It takes a great deal of physical and mental energy, and now I’m thrilled to be able to invest this energy instead in the roles I will be tackling.
Look back over the past emotion-filled year! Tell us a bit about it...
3ème étage, François Alu à Bourges: Working with 3ème étage interested me greatly as it is a breeding ground of artists who are extremely rigorous and yet insanely creative and they inspire me in all sorts of ways. Samuel Murez has also personally coached me a lot, and he has and still does play a key role in the development of my dancing. The Spectacle de Bourges was the first undertaken by François and this meant a really immense workload for him. In it, we danced three pieces together: an excerpt from “Don Quixote”, an excerpt from “The Temple Dancer” and the pas de deux which François choreographed for us, “La Sylphide”. I particularly enjoyed dancing this final, very personal piece with him. The room was packed and gave the spectacle a standing ovation, and François is thus once again working very hard for a second edition, with a different programme, which will take place on 28 February 2016.
Paquita: This was my first main role in a 3-act ballet and I have to say that it was a real challenge, especially as it is one of the hardest roles and, as I was not initially planned to dance it, I didn’t have very much time to prepare. This was a very valuable experience, instructive and wonderful on a personal level as Pierre Lacotte was extremely kind to me and very generous in his work. He is very passionate in what he does and very open too.
Mariinsky Ballet Festival: In March I attended the closing gala of the Mariinsky Ballet Festival. I was very honoured to dance on this legendary stage alongside artists who I admire enormously such as Uliana Lopatkina.
The Cannes Festival: In May, just before Paquita (two days before, actually), at the opening of the 68th Cannes Festival I danced a creation of Benjamin Millepied on the theme of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”. It was intimidating on the one hand as I was dancing for a public which was unusual to say the least, and on the other because it was broadcast live on Canal+ with a TV audience of around 1 million. I would never have imagined that I would dance at an event such as this! It was also an opportunity for me to meet the dancers of the LA Dance Project who are really lovely and Janie Taylor (principal at the New York City Ballet) who, in addition to being a magnificent dancer, is also a very beautiful person.
La Fille Mal Gardée: After Paquita, I suffered a stress fracture in my foot which prevented me from tackling the role of Lise in “La Fille Mal Gardée”. It was really tough because I really wanted to dance this role, especially as my partner was planned to be Mathias Heymann! This injury lasted for two months, a good part of which fortunately fell in the summer holidays.
Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward: This was very enjoyable, in the studio and on stage, and I discovered a true artistic complicity with my partner Hugo Marchand.
Polyphonia (Wheeldon) and Alea Sands (McGregor): Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor are two major contemporary choreographers with whom I hadn’t yet worked. The two experiences were very different but both very interesting, and I would be delighted to work with them again.
One of your best memories (from 2015)?
It’s difficult to pick one as it was an eventful year! I would say that dancing at the Mariinsky was particularly exciting and moving.
One of your not-so-good memories?
Without hesitation, the fracture!
For a year now you have been the face of Merlet; what do you gain from this?
It teaches me and opens me up to different aspects and crafts which gravitate around a common passion. It is also good to work in a real team with skilled, motivated and attentive people.
As Juliette (replacement) in the ballet Romeo & Juliette, there is a good chance that you will embody this role which it seems to me, you dream of dancing ... Are you close to living your dream?
Yes, this is one of my biggest dreams and I hope with all my heart that I will be able to count it among my “best memories of 2016”!
Do you have other wishes for the forthcoming new year?
Yes, lots of wishes! The role of Giselle would be marvellous, the creation of William Forsythe too! We don’t yet know the programme for next season but I would absolutely love to dance Kylian’s work.
What do you do outside of dancing?
I must say that I don’t have much free time outside of dancing. I like the simple pleasures, such as spending time with my family, reading, cooking, going to the theatre...
What can I wish you for 2016?
Not to get injured!
Thank you Léonore ☺
Backstage video 201523 April 2015
Backstage video // Brochure 2015 Garnier Opera Léonore Baulac, Sujet at the Paris Opera
Léonore Baulac, Merlet's Muse22 April 2015
Lénore Baulac, Sujet from the Paris Opera is the new Merlet's Muse!
Léonore began dancing at the age of 4 in a small school in order to contain her boundless energy. At 11 she was a revelation! Léonore won the gold medal in the Caen competition with Jose Martinez on the jury... She wants to be a dancer and she will be! So she took her first classes at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris for Music and Dance and was then admitted to the National Paris Opera Ballet School where she finish her training.
In 2008 she joined the corps de ballet at the Paris Opera where she spent four years as Quadrille. 2013 was the beginning of a change. Léonore successfully passed her last competitive exams (allowing her to improve her rank) becoming Coryphée then Sujet in 2014. She won the AROP prize and was chosen to dance the title role of Clara in The Nutcracker... A bright future is emerging for our muse!
13 February 2014
Marion de Charnacé, student at the Paris Opera School in 1st division
How old were you when you started dancing?
I started dancing at 5 years old at the Marais center Academy and at 8 years old have been to a conservatory in Paris.
Then I have been admitted to the CNR (now CRR) and I have started a special schedule dedicated to ballet. I stayed 2 years.
At 13 years old I have been accepted to the Paris Opera School in 4th division.
How was the entrance exam at the ballet school?
The exam is divided in two parts:
- The first round is a physical examination. We were by group of four girls. The jury asked for different exercises: the frog (for the turn over), touch the floor (to see the length of our tendons), to walk (to see our coordination). Then we have done “pliés, dégagés, développés “.
- The second round is a ballet class with very simple exercises!
For the bigger classes you have also pointe shoes exercises.
What is your daily routine?
I am a day student, I wake up at 6.45 am every day (same hour as the school!).
Then I have school from 8am to 12pm. It’s the same programme as the “normal” students.
Then we have launch and before class I warm up my entire body. All afternoon we have ballet class and depending on the day different style: jazz, contemporary, history of ballet... We can also have rehearsal, depending on the period we can finish between 4.30 and 6.30 pm.
What is your favourite ballet?
La Dame aux Camélias
Your favourite dancers?
"Myriam Ould-Braham, Aurélie Dupont, Ève Grinsztajn, Agnès Letestu.
José Martinez, Mathieu Ganio, Mathias Heymann
What do you prefer in ballet?
The sensation when you control your body, and of course the stage!
How do you get ready before a performance?
Two hours before the performance, I start to make up and do my hairs. Then I warm up and do usual exercises like I do in class with my teacher: barre and middle!
Exercises on pointes are very important to feel my foot. I dress up and work the hard movement of my choreography.
Before the stage, I stay calm to control my stress.
Which role do you want to dance?
The role of Marguerite Gautier or Manon in "La Dame aux Camélias"
Keep dancing as long as possible!
Model for Merlet in 2014, how was the shooting day with the team? Your feelings? What did you prefer?
The shooting day was really nice, it settled in Elephant Paname. We started at 9.00am. After the preparation (make up, hairs and training), we started the shooting photos. We took the photos in 3 different places. We started by the Juliette studio then the Dome area and finally the gallery.
The place is absolutely beautiful but my best memory was the Dome, the lights were really nice and the atmosphere is very particular!
I was very happy to do these photos!
A last word?
Thank you to all the Merlet team for this day and I hope that the products will satisfy all the customers!
40 years for Merlet12 February 2014
40 years of history. The adventure starts in Limoges in 1974. Roger James Merlet creates his first pointe shoes in satin. A great passion that he passed down to his young apprentice Pierre Lassenne, today managing director of the brand. Both are sharing high quality standards and passion for the product. Thanks to this collaboration, they develop the stitch and return technique, presents today in all our pointe shoes.
40 years of relationship with our dancers. The most famous “Etoiles” met our ballet shoes, from Elisabeth Maurin, Nicolas Leriche to Marie-Claude Pietragalla. Since 3 years Merlet accompanies young dancers from the Paris Opera School.
40 years of emotion and sharing. Thank you all, you have made possible this adventure.
We dedicate these first 40 years to all of you and we will continue to share the same passion: Dance
Ballroom shoes collection W201302 September 2013
The new ballroom collection is coming in your shops!
The 2013 ballroom shoes collection presents many different models: sophisticated with velvet leathers and diamantes, captivate with red patent, bright with mirror material and trendy with “jaguar leather”.
06 March 2013
Stella is the new ballet shoe from Merlet !
Stella is the ballet shoe for all levels. This ballet slipper with split sole and elastic canvas provides an excellent support of the foot and great comfort.
Discover Stella in details
04 March 2013
Célia is from Bordeaux, where she started dancing. Last year she was admitted to the Paris Opera School and followed the course of the 4th division. After the examination at the end of the year she joined the 3rd division as a regular student.
Find the pictures of Célia and her interview!
03 March 2013
Discover our ballroom shoes collection!