Juror in Dancing with the Stars, Marie-Agnès Gillot is a renowned prima ballerina. But the artist suffers from a serious bone disease.
She joined the jury of Dance with the stars This year. Marie-Agnès Gillot is one of the new faces of TF1 tele-hook. A great star dancer, she does not hesitate to share her advice to celebrities performing on the floor of DALS. But the immense classical dancer had a difficult life, in particular since she found out she has severe scoliosis, diagnosed at the age of 13. It is thanks to a corset that she managed to become a great dancer: “This corset is bruising me to my flesh. I have to wear a T-shirt under the plastic, and the seams, too, are digging into my flesh. I have my breast cut in half, bedsores at the hip, on the buttock, an open wound”she writes in particular in her autobiography.
Paralyzed in the shoulder and right armMarie-Agnès Gillot has always wanted to fight to achieve her dream: “This battle is not over, I’m starting the second round. My (bone) disease is progressive, it’s going to get worse and worse. I didn’t talk about it until very late, once I was a star: ‘Ah, au fact, I am 100% disabled.’ This invisible handicap made me feel different. I had this chance to be animated by my vocation, which allowed me to survive, not to live.” Despite everything, the dancer managed to flourish in her profession. Combative, the dancer also returned to the disease which affected her brother.
His brother’s incurable illness
“Everyone thinks I wanted to compensate for my disability and the corset I had to wear… In reality, it’s related to my brother, but I don’t like to talk about it. He has an incurable disease, so we got into the habit in the family of celebrating each month of life gained. This is what gave me the strength to accomplish what I wanted to become. I lived and worked for two. You know, in my family, my brother is the star, not me. Let’s stop talking about him or I’ll start crying…”, she confided in the columns of Gala.*
The drama of his life
In her autobiography, Marie-Agnès Gillot also evokes one of the greatest dramas of her life: the loss of several loved ones. : “I lost my whole family in thirteen months: my uncle, my mother, my father and my stepfather. With this book, I just walked through my life. I’m not egotistical, I don’t have a cult of myself. It’s enough for me to write it. I don’t have a particular feeling about the journey accomplished because it is not finished”. A drama for this dancer, who knew how to bounce back each time.
Marie-Agnès Gillot a fulfilled juror
Now sworn in Dance with the starsshe intends to pass on her love for dance. “First for my mother, who was a big fan of the show (she died in 2020, editor’s note.). Then, we’ve been chasing after each other for a long time with DALS and we finally found each other. In the past, I really had a career at 10,000 an hour, I was an overbooked person, and I think that could not be suitable for this period (…) I am in the transmission, I am there to bring keys. I know my whole body by heart and I can decipher it for others, I can decipher their body for them.”