Esquerre first studied dance with Monique Malo and received his artistic
training at the multidisciplinary school, Mudra, in Brussels. He then danced
with Maurice Béjart's Les Ballets du XXème Siècle, John Neumeier's Hamburg
Ballet and Jiri Kylian's Nederlands Dans Theater.
In 1986, Esquerre was appointed ballet master of Le Ballet du Louvre,
originally formed by Rudolf Nureyev, and staged a production of Giselle. In
1987, he was offered the position of Artistic Director of Les Ballets de
Monte Carlo. During his tenure, the company’s repertoire expanded
significantly to include works by George Balanchine, Pierre Lacotte, Anthony
Tudor, John Neumeier, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Roland Petit, Maurice
Béjart and masterpieces from Les Ballets Russes.
Throughout the years, Esquerre traveled the world to teach mindfulness
techniques and developed a program of therapeutic dance exercises designed
for injury prevention and post-surgery rehabilitation. He worked as a guest
ballet master/teacher for English National Ballet and School, Boston Ballet
and School, Le Cirque du Soleil, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Royal
Winnipeg Ballet and School, Banff Center for the Arts, Royal Ballet School
of London, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Paris Opera Ballet and National Ballet of
Canada to name a few. He also served as a juror/chairman in several
international ballet competitions such as Prix de Lausanne.
Between 2007 and 2010, Esquerre worked with the San Francisco Ballet in
several capacities, including company teacher, coach and school faculty
member. In 2008, he was appointed Assistant to the Artistic Director for San
Francisco Ballet’s 75th anniversary season. During these three years, as
Trainee Program Director, he developed a teacher-training program, led
improvisation & choreography workshops and offered performances throughout
Since 2010, while guesting around the world, Esquerre was entrusted by the
Government of Canada with the artistic evaluation of l’École Supérieure de
Ballet du Québec, the National Ballet School of Canada and the School of
Alberta Ballet. He also staged works for the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, the
Royal Ballet School and the English National Ballet School.