Alen Bottaini

Born in Viareggio, Italia; Alen Bottaini started ballet at the age of 12 in Italy. At 15 he continues his studies in London, at The Royal Ballet Upper School for a year, and from there he goes to S. Petersburg, to the Vaganova Academy where after two years he graduates with honours. Later that year he completes his studies with an advanced course at the National Ballet School of Canada, in Toronto including the study of contemporary dance. During all this period, he also has the chance to study under the guidance of Madame Marika Besobrasova, at the prestigious Academie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monaco.

During his studies in Russia, Alen guests in Osaka where he dances: 
Solor in La Bayadere, the Joker in Swan Lake, Albrecht in II Act Giselle and Carnavale a Venezia. Alen dances, in several occasions, at the Kirov : Grand Pas Classique from Balanchine, the prince in Nutcracker from Agrippina Vaganova and the pas-de-deux from Le Corsaire and from Sleeping Beauty. After a tour to Greece and Japan, Alen is invited to dance at the Kirov and the Bolshoi at the galas in honour of Madame Natalja Dudinskaja.

In September 1993 he joins the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich, Germany; where only one year later he debuts as principal dancer as Colas in La Fille Mal Guardée from Sir Frederick Ashton and as Puck in John Neumeier’s Midsummer Nights Dream having the chance to prove his value in important ballet roles at an early age. Alen is formally promoted to soloist and principal dancer in 1997 and 1999 respectively.

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