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Janet Sassoon- Upton has had two careers, first as a ballerina with an international reputation and now as a classical dance teacher and coach in international demand.

At age seven, Ms. Sassoon began her training with the San Francisco Ballet. By age ten, Ms. Sassoon was performing in roles with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet companies. At fifteen, she moved to Paris to continue her studies with Leo Staats, Lubov Egorova, Olga Preobrajenska, and Mathilde Kschessinska. Ms. Sassoon joined the internationally renowned Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas as one of its youngest soloists.

Returning to America, she danced in guest appearances with the Chicago and Utah Ballets as well with the San Francisco Ballet. She joined the Berlin Ballet as prima ballerina touring Europe with the company.

Ms. Sassoon earned a reputation as one of Europe’s leading dramatic ballerinas. She also toured with the company throughout Europe, South America, and Japan.