Ballet company founded by Marquis George de Cuevas in 1947. It was initially known as the Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo and was supported by the principality of Monaco. Its stars included Rosella Hightower, Marjorie Tallchief, George Skibine, and William Dollar. In 1950 the company became autonomous, left Monte Carlo for France, and was renamed Le Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas. It had regular Paris seasons and toured throughout France with its repertoire based on the classics. It was with this troupe, in 1961, that Rudolf Nureyev made his first appearance with a Western company, dancing in its new production of The Sleeping Beauty. When de Cuevas died in 1961 the company was dissolved.