Luca Sbrizzi
Luca Sbrizzi
Foto  della Castello di Udine e della sede del Boston Ballet

Luca Sbrizzi - Biography

Place of birth: Udine (Italy)
Residence: Pittsburgh - Pennsylvania - United States
Spoken languages: Italian - English

Luca Sbrizzi started studying ballet at the age of 9 with his sister, Alessia, who annually prepared him for examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance of London. He received marks of Honours in all the examinations.

He has participated in numerous courses in Italy with highly qualified teachers including Pino Carbone, Giuseppe Carbone, Franca Desinio, Maximiliano Guerra, Jean Guiserix, Elisabetta Hertel, Gilbert Mayer, Wilfrid Piollet, and Iride Sauri.

At 11, Luca won the competitions "Premio Speranza" in Merano (Italy) and "Giovanissimi Talenti" in Turin (Italy). Also, in 1999 he won the "XVII Trofeo Internationale Citta' di Palmanova" (Italy) and in the same year, received a scholarship from the Royal Academy of Dance of London during the Summer Course in Fondo (Italy).

In 2000 Pino Carbone, founder and manager of "Club Il Vortice", the first center in Europe of the Gyrotonic® Expansion System(GXS), DanzForum, Artform, BodyCode System and Spheral Yoga, gave Luca another scholarship to continue to study the art of dance. Pino is also a master teacher of Gyrotonics and Yoga, a choreographer, and inventor of equipment to improve the biomechanical characteristics of athletes and ballet dancers.

Luca moved to Florence from 2000 to 2002 where he studied dance and Gyrotonic at "Danz Forum" and "Il Vortice" centers and attended "I.T.I. Leonardo da Vinci" high school where he received the "Eredita' Martini", an academic scholarship.

In 2003, Gilbert Mayer, a teacher from the Paris Operą Ballet School, gave Luca a scholarship as best student during the Summer Course "Puglia Danza" in Bari (Italy). That Fall, the Artistic Director of Boston Ballet, Mikko Nissinen, offered him a scholarship for the Boston Ballet School, where he attended the top level and trained with teachers including, Franco De Vita (now director of the School of the American Ballet Theatre in New York), Kathleen Mitchell, Viktor Plotnikov, Dierdre Miles Burger, Christopher Hird, Tamara King, Parren Ballard, Christopher Anderson, Trinidad Vives, Anthony Randazzo, Raymond Lukens, Jennifer Glaze, Edward Ellison, Louis Godfrey, Jared Redick, Pavel Gurevich and Mikko Nissinen.

In 2004, the Boston Ballet School reinstated Luca's scholarship for the school year and the Summer Dance Program. During his two years in the school, he worked with the company and participated in numerous shows including The Nutcracker (two of his larger roles were Russian and the Bear), Taming of the Shrew and Sleeping Beauty. He also had the opportunity to participate twice in the TV show "To the Pointe".

Dierdre Miles Burger, principal of the Boston Ballet School, chose Luca to interpret the famous and difficult Blue Bird pas de deux in June 2005.

In August of 2005 Luca officially became a professional dancer with Boston Ballet II. His contract was renewed for the 2006-07 season.
During his two years in BBII Luca performed in many ballets including the great classics "Don Quixotte", "Giselle", "Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Sleepy Beauty".

In January 2007 Luca was chosen to tour in Russia, where performed the lead in the "russian dance" from the Nutracracker.

Throughout the spring of 2007 Luca attended auditions for many major American ballet companies, and received numerous job offers.
He decided to accept a position with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, where he has been dancing since July 30th 2007.