Faculty, Professional Training Division Faculty
Françoise Thouveny-Doyle is a native of France. She started her classical ballet training in her hometown of Orléans and in Paris at le Centre de Danse de Paris training with Nina Vyroubova, Yvonne Meyer, and Gilbert Mayer. She started her professional career with Roland Petit at the Ballet National de Marseille and moved to the United States to join The Washington Ballet under the artistic direction of Mary Day and Choo San Goh. Thouveny-Doyle was a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Oklahoma under the artistic direction of Edward Villella, and guested with Martine Van Hamel’s New Amsterdam Ballet and the National Ballet of Korea. She performed repertory by many choreographers including George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, John Cranko, Niles Christie, Edward Villella, Fernand Nault, Choo San Goh, and Roland Petit.
Following her career, Thouveny-Doyle along with her husband Christopher Doyle co directed the Fresno ballet school in California. During their tenure in California they developed and implemented a comprehensive ballet curriculum from beginner level to pre-professional level. At the invitation of Rebecca Wright she joined the faculty of The Washington School of Ballet where she taught levels from the lower division to the professional dancers of the company. Later, Thouveny-Doyle joined the faculty of the Maryland Youth Ballet for six years. She has been a guest teacher with the National Ballet of Korea, the School of Ballet Arizona, and the English National Ballet School in London.
Thouveny-Doyle has extensive experience in the teaching and training of young pre professional students and believes that through the study of classical ballet the student is provided with the confidence, focus and grace for success in years to come.