Francine Richard trained at L’Ecole de Danse de l’Opéra de Paris and joined the Company of the Paris Opéra in 1966. She was promoted to Sujet in 1975, dancing numerous roles in the repertoire of the company. She also danced in ballets by Balanchine and Robbins and was partnered by Rudolf Nureyev, Patrick Dupont and Patrice Bart. She was appointed Principal Inspector of Dance at the Ministry of Culture, France and has also been a guest teacher with several ballet companies. From 1993, she taught the French State Diploma for Dance Teachers. In 1996 Francine Richard was invited to work on the development of dance in the Départment des Vosges. She joined the staff of English National Ballet School in September 1999 and left in 2006 to set up her own school in France.