CLEVELAND BALLET COMPANY ARTIST
Nicola Marchionni started dancing in a little salsa cafe in a very small town in the centre of Italy at the age of 7. As he progressed, he achieved important titles at various competitions in Italy and around the world. He was also trained and noticed by the Cuban teacher and choreographer Santiago Alfonso who taught him in Rome and introduced him to the art of ballet and contemporary. He fell in love with the fascinating art of ballet at the late age of 14 with the help of his first teacher Hannah Francis. His dream was to become like his idol, Carlos Acosta.
He was seen at the IDTA dance competition in Manchester by Lei Zhao (former teacher at Elmhurst Ballet School and former dancer at Birmingham Royal Ballet). He won the gold medal for two consecutive years and got offered a place at Elmhurst. He has the opportunity to dance with the main company that is The Birmingham Royal Ballet for two productions; The Beauty and the Beast and The Nutcracker. In 2020 he performed at the magnificent stage of the “Prix de Lausanne” and got noticed by many directors.
After completing his training in 2021, he auditioned for Cleveland Ballet and was then selected by the Artistic Director.
He has danced various roles such as Ali in Le Corsaire, Solor in La Bayadere, Grand Pas Classique, Cavaliers in Sleeping Beauty, Beast Hunter in The Beauty and the Beast, Wind in The Nutcracker, he was one of the soloists in Odette’s Hughes (Studio Wayne McGregor) piece Capricious and Urge by Heinz Spoerli.
On a person front, he posses a sense of pride in everything he does and he enjoys bringing a smile wherever he goes.