Federico Bonelli


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Federico Bonelli born in Italy. At the age of fourteen he joined the Turin Dance Academy, where he studied with both Italian and Cuban teachers. While in school he participated in various competitions: his awards include a silver medal in Havana Dance Competition, Cuba, first price at the Rieti International Ballet Competition, Italy, and a Prix de Lausanne scholarship.

In 1996, following the Lausanne competition, he joined the Zurich Ballet where he was promoted to soloist a year later. In Zurich he danced various choreographies from the director Heinz Spoerli including Romeo and roles of the classical repertoire like Albrecht in Giselle.

In 1999 he joined the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam and was promoted principal in 2002. In Holland Federico's repertoire included many different styles and choreographers including: The sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, La Sylphide; Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Symphony in C, Serenade, Rubies, Duo Concertant by Balanchine; Adagio Hammerklavier, Black Cake, Sarcasmen by Van Manen; In the Middle, The Vertiginous Trill of Exactitude, Herman Schmerman by Forsythe; Pierrot Lunaire by Tetley and Works from Massine and Robbins.

In 2003 he Joined the Royal Ballet as a principal dancer where he danced the classical repertoire including Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Grand Pas Classique, Esmeralda as well as Ashton's works in Marguerite and Armand, Cinderella, Sylvia, Daphnis and Chloe, Ondine, Symphonic Variations and McMillan's Romeo and Juliet, Manon and Requiem. He also performed Apollon Musagete, Theme and Variation, Four Temperaments, Ballet Imperial, Ballo Della Regina and Agon by Balanchine, Onegin in Cranko's Onegin, Chroma by Wayne Mcgregor, DGV, Polyphonia and Pavane, Alice by Christopher Wheeldon, Tombeaux by David Bintley.

Federico has danced as a pricipal guest artist with La Scala di Milano, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, The Paris Opera Ballet, The New National Theater and the Star Dancers Ballet of Tokyo, The Croatian National Theater in Zagreb and the Tulsa Ballet of Oklahoma.

He has participated in Performances and Galas around the world. In 2005 he was awarded the Positano Prix for Ballet and in 2009 he was nominated for the "Best Male Dancer" award by the National Dance Awards Critic' Circle.

Federico has been a guest teacher with the Royal Ballet School and in 2010 was a member of the jury in the Prix de Lausanne competition. In 2011 he taught a Master class for the outreach program of the Prix De Lausanne.


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