The Italian Ballerina Paola Cantalupo trained and danced at the Ballet of la Scala in Milan. After being awarded a gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne, and a bronze medal at the Jackson International Dance Competition, she went on to dance with Maurice Béjart’s Ballet of the 20th Century and John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet. After spending a year in New York researching the Cecchetti and Jose Limon methods she became a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Portugal and then Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in 1988. Beyond performing the leading roles in the traditional classical repertoire (Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, Raymonda, La Sylphide, La Bayadère, Les Sylphides, Romeo & Juliette… she also worked and performed with numerous choreographers from Maurice Béjart to John Neumeier, JiryKylian, William Forsythe, Uwe Scholtz, and many others but mostly with Jean Christophe Maillot in Monte-Carlo. In 1989, she was named ‘Etoile’ by H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover with the Ballets de Monte-Carlo where she performed until 2009 and was decorated as a Chevalier de l’Ordre du MériteCulturel of the Principality of Monaco.
Following her teacher training at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris (Pantin), she becomes the artistic director of the EcoleSupérieure de Danse Cannes Rosella Hightower and the Pôle National Supérieur Danse Provence Cote d'Azur. She also serves on the Artistic Committee of the Prix de Lausanne and is the Vice-President of the Association Danse Médecine Recherche (A D M R).