Michele Zanardini

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Born in Brescia Italy, Michele trained in "La Scala Ballet School" in Milano under the direction of Anna Maria Prina and then under the direction of Frédéric Olivieri, and he appeared with La Scala Ballet Company in Manon ( by Kenneth MacMillan ), Nutcracker ( by Rudolf Nureyev ) and le Sacre du Printemps ( by Maurice Béjart ). 

While in school he performed in Symphony in D ( by Jirì Kyliàn ), Raymonda Waltz and Czardas ( by Marius Petipa ), Don Quichotte ( choreography by Vladimir Derevianko ), Who Cares? & Theme and Variations  ( by George Balanchine ). 

He received a Diploma in May 2011. The same year he was awarded a scholarship to The Hamburg Ballettschule of John Neumeier. During this time, he danced in Spring and Fall and Yondering ( at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg ),  La Dame aux camellias, The Little Mermaid and Illusions Like Swan Lake with Hamburg Ballet.

Michele joined Scottish Ballet in 2013 and has since performed in Kenneth MacMillan's Elite Syncopations and Christopher Hampson's Hansel & Gretel.

Why did you become a dancer?

I come from a small place, where the people don't use go to the theatre, as the most closest is 30km away. But we did have private ballet schools and, after different attempts in the field of sports, I ended up entering in one of these.

When I was 14 years old, my life changed. One year later I was given my chance thanks to my amazing teacher when auditioning in the Accademia Teatro Alla Scala. The rest is history, I started to gradually at understand the art of dance, and now I am ready to put into practice.







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