Fabio Grossi (dancer)

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Fabio Grossi
Born Fabio Grossi
(1977-10-01) 1 October 1977 (age 40)
Rome, Italy
Nationality Italian
Occupation Ballet dancer (1997-2008), Ballet teacher (2008-2016).
Awards Gold medal Rieti/Spoleto competition, Moscow diploma, Premio Positano, Premio Anita Bucchi.

Fabio Grossi (born 1 October 1977, in Rome) is a retired Italian dancer and ballet teacher.

Early life[edit]

He trained at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome, where he graduated with full marks.[1]

He studied all over Europe with many international teachers including Marika Besobrasova, Rosella Hightower, Patricia Carey, Wilhelm Burmann, Philip Beamish, Raymond Franchetti.

Performing career[edit]

At age 19, Grossi was a First Prize Winner at the Rieti Dance Competition in Italy[2][3] and the only Italian to be a Finalist and a Diploma Winner at the 1997 Moscow International Ballet Competition in Russia, which was directed by Yuri Grigorovich.[4]

On October 11, 1997 he made his debut as a Soloist with Aterballetto (Italy). Then he successively joined:

From 2003 to 2007, he has been one of the leading dancers of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma performing as partner of Italian Ballerina Carla Fracci.[5]

On May 11, 2008 he danced his farewell performance as a Guest Artist of the Arena di Verona, with the role of Albrecht in Giselle at the Teatro Filarmonico.[6][7]

Choreographic repertory[edit]

As a Principal Dancer, Grossi's repertoire included most of the major classical, neoclassical and romantic roles of the ballet tradition [8] such as Giselle, Swan Lake,[9] The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Mikhail Fokine's Les Sylphides and Petrushka, Léonide Massine's Pulcinella and George Balanchine's re-created pieces La Chatte and The Ball.

At the Rome Opera House, numerous principal roles in neoclassical and contemporary new works (by Luciano Cannito, Paul Chalmer, Millicent Hodson,[10] Luca Veggetti and others) have been made on him.

He also performed lead roles in ballets by George Balanchine (The Four Temperaments), Jiri Kylian (Sinfonietta), William Forsythe (Steptext, Approximate Sonata), Uwe Scholz (Bach-Kreationen), Ohad Naharin (Axioma 7), Robert North (Troy Game), Amedeo Amodio (Afternoon of a Faune), Marie-Claude Pietragalla (Sakountala, Ni Dieu ni Maitre), Mauro Bigonzetti (Comoedia, Wakti - both created for him) and many others.[11]

Teaching career[edit]

From 2008 to 2016 Grossi has devoted himself to ballet teaching, working at the Arena di Verona as a Ballet Master and at National Academy of Dance in Rome as Guest Teacher/Choreographer and Pas de Deux Instructor.

On June 23, 2014 he came back on stage after a six years-long absence[12] as a "distinguished and amusing"[13] Doctor Coppelius in the Rome Academy's traditional production of Coppélia,[14] and he got rave responses from the audience.[15]


He won the Léonide Massine Ballet Award in Positano twice, as an Emerging Talent in 1997 and as an Established Artist in 2007,[16] and the Anita Bucchi Dance Award as the Best Male Dancer of the Year (season 2006/07) [17] with the following motivation:

"Young artist with unequalled personality and charism. His performances are the out-come of a very hard work of research, synthesis and introspection, completed by a vigorous and mature technique." [18]

Described as "a major star in the making",[19] he has been regarded by critics and audience as one of the most talented Italian dancers of the moment [20] and as one of the best the Rome Opera Ballet has lately had among its ranks.[21]

In 2014 the Accademia Nazionale di Danza honoured him with an evening at the Teatro Ruskaja.[22][23]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Ballerina Tiziana Lauri and since 2016 he is not involved in the ballet world anymore. They live in Rome.


  1. ^ Brillano le stelle della danza: Letizia Giuliani, Fabio Grossi, Viviana Durante - Il Tempo (2006)
  2. ^ Rieti Danza Festival
  3. ^ Albo d'oro, Spoleto Ballet Competition
  4. ^ Ballerini famosi, Dance Village
  5. ^ Giornale, Balletto.net
  6. ^ Fabio Grossi, étoile ospite per Giselle, Morfoedro 2008
  7. ^ Biographies, Arena di Verona official website
  8. ^ Ballerine e ballerini famosi / famous female and male dancers
  9. ^ Rome Opera Ballet: Lago dei Cigni (Swan Lake), Ballet-Dance Magazine (nov. 2006)
  10. ^ Rome Opera Ballet: Persephone, Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Prinpemps), Ballet.co.uk, review (may 2007)
  11. ^ Danza, Akkuaria
  12. ^ Fabio Grossi all’Accademia per lo show di fine corso, Il Tempo (2014)
  13. ^ Dance paths with a view on the Palatine, Il Teatro della Memoria (2014)
  14. ^ Spettacolo finale degli allievi di danza, Lazionauta (2014)
  15. ^ Coppélia, D.Bertozzi - Il Messaggero 25/06/2014
  16. ^ Premio al Valore per Fabio Grossi, punta di diamante del ballo del Teatro dell'Opera - Il Tempo (2007)
  17. ^ News, Balletto.net
  18. ^ Fabio Grossi, danza - sito ufficiale/official site (Premi/Awards)
  19. ^ Fabio Grossi as Plutone in Perséphone, Ballet.co.uk's review by Bruce Marriott
  20. ^ Alberto Testa, Storia della danza e del balletto (Gremese editore)
  21. ^ Le stelle della danza, DanzaDance
  22. ^ "Nostos", il viaggio di ritorno di Fabio Grossi - piccolo festival Danza con Noi, WherEvent.com
  23. ^ L’invitation à la Valse di Fabio Grossi per “Nostos” Il Teatro della Memoria (2014)

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