Born in Lyon, France, in 1975, Baptiste started dancing when he was 8 years old.

Aged 9 Baptiste joined the Paris Opera Ballet School and in 1997 he was hired at the Ballet National de Marseille then headed by Roland Petit. He remained there for 11 years, during which time he also took a year interlude with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.

Obtaining the French State Diploma of Dance Professor in 2001 allowed him to appreciate and deepen his understanding of the physical abilities of the dancer and the technicality of movement. In France, in 2008 he certified in Ms. Romana Kryzanowska’s and Alan Herdman’s Classic Method as a Comprehensive Pilates instructor. Following this, from 2009 to 2014, Baptiste owned and instructed at his own Pilates studio in Marseille, France.

He and his family decided to relocate to Cape Town, South Africa, where he obtained a Comprehensive BASI PilatesĀ® certification.