Magali Messac was born and raised in the south of France, where she received her early training from Olga and Henry Taneeff. In 1969, the age of seventeen, she joined the Hamburg Ballet, and four years later, was promoted to principal dancer. In 1980, was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join American Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer. Ms. Messac finished her performing career in Seattle with the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Throughout her career she danced the major roles of the classical repertoire. She was also admired for her strength and beauty in contemporary works, including a wide selection of ballets by George Balanchine, and Anthony Tudor. Original ballets were created for her by a number of choreographers, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, John Neumeier, Marcel Marceau, Martine van Hamel, and Glen Tetley.
She studied with many important teachers, but Maggie Black, who trained and privately coached her in New York, was her greatest influence.
Ms. Messac currently lives in Seattle, Washington where, for many years, she was on the faculty of Cornish Collge of the Arts. She also taught advanced ballet classes for Spectrum Dance Company. She was a permanent faculty member for the American Ballet Theater's summer intensive.
Besides her involvement with dance, Magali Messac is a Gyrotonic Master Trainer. The Gyrotonic Expansion System is a conditioning program, both for dancers and the general public. Ms. Messac established her studio, GYROTONIC SEATTLE, as the leading training facility in the Pacific Northwest.