Michael Raynaud was born in Antony , near Paris. He danced locally from the age of seven before starting his formal training at The Paris Opera Ballet School for six years. Whilst at the School, Michael performed all over the world , as well as with the Paris Opera Company as a student. He went on to train at the National Conservatoire in Paris, where he gained his Arts Baccalauréat and Unités de Valeurs in anatomy, Ballet history and musicality.
On completing his training Michael joined English National Ballet for their worldwide tour Swan Lake. He then became a permanent member of the company , performing many roles in the company’s Repertoire, from Rudolph Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet to Derek Deane’s Swan Lake and Michael Corder’s Cinderella . His favourite ballets to perform are Harald Lander’s Etudes and Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s Rite of Spring.
Upon graduating from the Royal Academy of Dance Professional Dancers Diploma , Michaël was invited to teach workshops and summer schools for the RAD in London, Italy and Germany.
He has taught ballet classes to students and professionals of all ages . He was Associate Tutor for Ballet studies at GSA at the University of Surrey and ballet teacher at the London Boys Ballet School, London Junior/Senior Ballet at ArtsEd as well as guest teaching and judging in New Zealand for DanceMasters International , Italy , Japan , Sweden , Singapore and Brazil.
He recently left the faculty of The School of Ballet Theatre UK after two years to concentrate on new opportunities worldwide.