Benjamin Millepied is a French dancer and choreographer, who was born on June 10, 1977 in Bordeaux, France to Denys Millepied and Catherine Millepied-Flory. He attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon, France and later joined the New York City Ballet.
After becoming a principal dancer in 2002, he began choreographing dance routines for various dance companies like the City Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, the School of American Ballet, and the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg. In 2001 and 2003, he featured as a dancer in the films like ‘Barbie in the Nutcracker’ and ‘Barbie of Swan Lake’. In 2009, he choreographed dance sequences for the film Black Swan, a psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky which starred Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as ballet dancers in New York City. He earned high acclaims for his work in New York City Ballet and also designed two works for the American Ballet Theatre—‘From Here On Out’ in 2007 and ‘Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once’ in 2009. His other choreography works that were highly praised were ‘Passages,’ for the Conservatoire National de Lyon in 2001; ‘Triple Duet,’ performed at Sadler’s Wells, London in 2002; and ‘Circular Motion,’ premiered in London in 2004. In 1994, he became the recipient of the Prix de Lausanne and the next year, he was the recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise. In 2010, he was made Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.
Some of his notable dance events include:
On The Other Side
Millepied began dating actress Natalie Portman on the set of Black Swan in early 2009 and reportedly broke up with his live-in girlfriend, Isabella Boylston, at the time. The couple was blessed with a son Aleph Millepied-Portman in 2011 and Millepied-Portman got married in the following year. The couple was then blessed with a daughter named Amalia Millepied-Portman in 2017. In 2012, he founded a multimedia production company called the Amoveo Company, and directed many short films, commercials and music videos.