Mireille Favarel was born in Toulon, France. After studying with Rosella Hightower at the Centre de Danse International in Cannes, Lydia Menchova from the Bolshoi, Robert Bestonso from the Royal Ballet, and Raymond Franchetti from the Paris Opera, Ms. Favarel began her professional career at the age of seventeen with the Ballet du Rhin in Strasbourg. She subsequently joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium as a soloist, where she performed her first principal ballerina role as Swanilda in the August Bournonville version of Coppelia, at the age of nineteen. Ms. Favarel later joined the Ballet der Deutsch Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Germany, as a soloist, under the direction of Paolo Bortoluzzi, and the Ballet du Nord in Roubaix, France, as a principal dancer.
In addition to appearing with the Ballet du Nord during many of its international tours, Ms. Favarel represented France in the first New York International Ballet Competition. She was invited to perform in the gala performance for the next competition, and later returned as a coach and teacher for the NYIBC.
Ms. Favarel joined the Milwaukee Ballet as a principal dancer in 1989, where she performed all of the major roles in the company repertoire. The most memorable are her interpretations of Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, Coppelia, and Giselle. In 1990, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Strini named her “Dancer of the Year” for her interpretations of Swan Lake, Serenade, and Coppelia. During her time with the Milwaukee Ballet, many choreographers created works for her, including Kathy Posin's Tehillim and Bach's Lunch, and Simon Dow's Spartacus. In May of 2000, Ms. Favarel gave her farewell performance, performing the Dying Swan and Jean Paul Comelin’s Mozart’s Requiem. She became Ballet Mistress for the Company in August of that same year.
Mireille Favarel is currently Associate Director of the Milwaukee Ballet II, and principal teacher of the Milwaukee Ballet School's highest level, Academy II. She is a frequent guest teacher at major ballet schools and companies in Chicago, Albuquerque, Palm Beach, Kansas City, and in her native country of France. In March of 2012, Ms. Favarel was invited to stage
Kathy Posin's Sheherezade for the National Ballet of Bulgaria, in Sofia.
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