10 Things to Know about Benjamin Millepied

Choreographer, dancer, LA Dance Project founder, actor, husband, dad, PNB fan… what else is there to know? Read on, then join us at TRICOLORE to see Millepied’s 3 Movements and Appassionata as well as George Balanchine’s Symphony in C.

His surname is pronounced “MEEL-pi-yay” and translates to “a thousand feet.” (And no… it’s not a stage name!)

He’s a major force in the dance world, but he’s well-known in pop culture for choreographing the 2010 thriller, Black Swan.

He met his wife, Natalie Portman, on the set of Black Swan. The two have a child together named Aleph Portman-Millepied.

Millepied is the subject of Reset, a documentary about the Paris Opera Ballet (where he served as director for two years).

He has collaborated with Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, and Rodarte, and he’s a personal fan of Hedi Slimane (of YSL and Dior Homme).

He’s a photographer – he takes his Leica into the studio and on his travels.

He was born in Bordeaux, France, but moved to the U.S. as a teenager. Outspoken about American politics on social media, Millepied has been called “an American who speaks good French.”

If anyone could fill Mikhail “Misha” Baryshnikov’s shoes, it would be Millepied; he has been compared to the iconic dancer more than once.


He lived in Dakar, Senegal, briefly as a child. “We lived next to this really famous family of drummers,” he says, “so I played the drums seriously until I was 12 or 13.”

A fan of 1920’s art and furniture, he has a Bauhaus tattoo on his abdomen.