We are delighted to announce the appointment of ballet mistress Nadia Thompson and ballet master Alberto Montesso who will join the RNZB in the new year and be with the company throughout 2016.
Nadia Thompson was trained in Australia by her mother, Frances Davis Thompson, and graduated from the Royal Ballet School after winning the bronze medal at the Adeline Genee Awards. Before moving to the United States and to Boston Ballet, she worked with Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and London City Ballet, performing for such dignitaries as HRH Princess Diana, Princess Margaret, the Duchess of York and Her Majesty the Queen at the Royal Command Performance.
Nadia has danced principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Don Quixote and Abdallah, Twyla Tharp’s Upper Room and Waterbaby Bagatelles. In addition, Lila York created Brown Girl in Celts and Principal Lady in Ode to Joy on her. Her vast Balanchine repertoire includes Russian and Elegy in Serenade, Principal Lady in Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #2, Divertimento #15, Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux, Mozartiana, Rubies and Choleric in The Four Temperaments.
Nadia has worked as a guest teacher with Trey McIntyre Project, White Oak, Colorado Ballet, Boston Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Harvard University, Wellesley College, West Australian Ballet and Queensland University of Technology Australia. She also works as a répétiteur for Michael Pink’s ballets, setting Dracula and The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Atlanta Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Kansas City Ballet, and stages Timothy O’Donnell’s works.
Alberto Montesso graduated from Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome and went on to perform with companies worldwide before becoming a teacher. He has worked at Teatro Dell’Opera, Rome; English National Ballet; K-Ballet Company, Japan; Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Italy; and Tulsa Ballet Theatre, USA.
Alberto has worked as a guest teacher with School of Tulsa Ballet, USA; Ballet Im Revier Gelsenkirchen, Germany; Accademia Nazionale di Danza, Rome; Teatro Massimo, Palermo; and Accademia Nazionale di Danza, Rome. Notable productions have been The Sleeping Beauty for Balleto del Sud; Carmen for Danzitalia; Coppelia for Teatro Massimo Palermo; and The Nutcracker for Teatro di San Carlo, Naples.