Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

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The troupe performs with Shirley MacLaine (center) on her 1977 television special "Where Do We Go From Here?"

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is an American all-male drag ballet corps which parodies the conventions and clichés of romantic and classical ballet. The company was co-founded by Peter Anastos, Natch Taylor and Antony Bassae in New York City in 1974, producing small, late-night shows, in off-off Broadway lofts. Their first show was on September 9, 1974, at a second story loft on 14th street, in the heart of the meat-packing district.[1] The current artistic director is Tory Dobrin.[2]

After receiving a favorable critical review in The New Yorker by Arlene Croce, it was discovered by a wider audience. The "Trocks" toured the world, with prolonged engagements in many major cities. In 2008 they performed at the Royal Variety Performance, in front of Prince Charles.[3]

The dancers portray both male and female roles in a humorous style that combines parodies of ballet, posing and physical comedy with "straighter" pieces intended to show off the performers' technical skills. Much of the humor is in seeing male dancers en travesti performing roles usually reserved for females, wearing tutus and dancing en pointe.

Dancers [edit]

Name Birthplace Joined Trockadero Female role Male role
ROBERT CARTER Charleston, SC November 1995 Olga Supphozova Yuri Smirnov
PAOLO CERVELLERA Putignano (Bari), Italy November 2012 Moussia Shebarkarova Vyacheslav Legupski
BOYSIE DIKOBE Brits, South Africa February 2011 Sonia Leftova Andrei Leftov
JACK FURLONG, JR. Boston, MA September 2014 Guzella Verbitskaya Mikhail Mudkin
PAUL GHISELIN Chapel Hill, NC May 1995 Ida Nevasayneva Velour Pilleaux
GIOVANNI GOFFREDO Noci, Italy October 2013 Varvara Bratchikova Sergey Legupski
DUANE GOSA Chicago ILL September 2013 Helen Highwaters Vladimir Legupski
CARLOS HOPUY Havana, Cuba February 2012 Alla Snizova Innokenti Smoktumuchsky
CHASE JOHNSEY Winter Haven, FL April 2004 Yakatarina Verbosovich Roland Deaulin
LASZLO MAJOR Mosonmagyaròvàr, Hungary September 2014 Tatiana Youbetyoubootskaya Araf Legupski
PHILIP MARTIN-NIELSON Middletown, NY September 2012 Nadia Doumiafeyva Kravlji Snepek
RAFFAELE MORRA Fossano, Italy May, 2001 Lariska Dumbchenko Pepe Dufka
CHRISTOPHER OUELLETTE San Francisco, CA May 2014 Colette Adae Marat Legupski
MATTHEW POPPE Phoenix, AZ June 2014 Doris Vidanya Ilya Bobovnikov
ALBERTO PRETTO Vicenza, Italy February 2011 Nina Immobilashvili Stanislas Kokitch
CARLOS RENEDO Barcelona, Spain February 2012 Maria Paranova Boris Nowitsky
JOSHUA THAKE Providence, RI November 2011 Eugenia Repelskii Jacques d’Aniels
MATTHEW VAN Sydney, Australia May 2014 Minnie van Driver William Vanilla


From the Classical Repertory

Other works

  • École de Ballet
  • Go for Barocco (satire on Balanchine's choreography)
  • Cross Currents (piece for three dancers)
  • The Dance of Liberation
  • Gaîté Parisienne
  • The Dances of Isadora
  • Vivaldi Suite
  • La Trovatiara Pas de Cinq (from a lost Verdi opera)
  • Yes Virginia, Another Piano Ballet (5 dancers in a rehearsal studio, Jerome Robbins style, music - Frédéric Chopin)
  • Stars & Stripes Forever
  • Dances of Ruth St. Denis
  • Spring Waters
  • Debut at the Opera
  • Gambol
  • I Wanted to Dance With You
  • Lamentation of Jane Eyre
  • Patterns in Space

Solo Works

  • The Dying Swan (Fokine's choreography after Fokine staged by Trutti Gasparinetti); Debut at the Opera; Ribbon Dance; Russian Dance.


  1. ^ Eugene MacDougal. "From the Director". Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Trockadero.org. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ Sanjoy Roy (17 February 2009). "Step by Step guide to Dance: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo". London: Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 


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