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Mara Galeazzi


"I had fortune, a fortune that I sought after and that was my destiny: 
winning the lottery is the only thing that happens purely by chance.

She began dancing at 6. At 8, she had a dream, to become a nurse to help children in Africa. At 10, she moved to Milan to study at La Scala's Ballet School. At 19, she graduated and danced for the first time at the Royal Ballet in London. 11 years later, she became the Prima ballerina for that company. In 2007, she committed herself to Dancing for Children, a tour in Africa to raise funds for African children with HIV. Isn’t our greatest talent that of achieving our dreams?


Mara Galeazzi was born in 1973 in Chiari (Brescia province). She began studying dance at age 6. She graduated from the La Scala School of Ballet with honors. In 1992, aged 18, she joined the Royal Ballet in London and, a mere three years later she was promoted to First Artist, in 1998 to Soloist and then in 2003, to Principal. She is the third Italian ballerina, following in the footsteps of Alessandra Ferri and Viviana Durante, to become the Prima Ballerina at this famous company. Mara Galeazzi excels in the 19th and especially the 20th century repertoires of Fokine, Balanchine, Ashton, MacMillan, Cranko, Tetley, Thar and Forsythe. She has been a visiting dancer for Irek Mukhamedov and Company and the Scottish Ballet. Her classic repertoire, where she has really shown her talent, includes the leading role in Fokine’s Firebird, Marie, Sugarplum Fairy and Rose Fairy in the Nutcracker, Giselle and Myrtha in Giselle, Gamzatti in Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadère, the leading role in a divertissement from Paquita, Aurora's Wedding Pas de deux (act III) and Princess Florina (Bluebird Pas de deux) in The Sleeping Beauty, the Dryad Queen in Nureyev’s production of Don Quixote,  Act I Pas de trois in Swan Lake, the Talisman Pas de deux with Irek Mukhamedov in Rudolf Nureyev’s Raymonda (Act III). In the Frederick Ashton repertoire she has danced Lise in La Fille mal Gardée, Mrs Tittlemouse in Tales of Beatrix Potter, the solo La Chatte Metamorphosée en Femme (originally created for Merle Park), the Thaïs Pas de deux, Voices of spring, Julia in Wedding Bouquet (role created for Margot Fonteyn), Diana in Sylvia, Fairy Autumn in Cinderella, Moth in The Dream, the Jackson Variation in Birthday Offering, and finally Rhapsody, Symphonic Variations, the pas de trois in Les Rendezvous. In 2007, along with various colleagues from the Royal Ballet, she organized a tour of Africa entitled "Mara in Motion Africa 2007" to raise funds for a foundation she created - Dancing for Children - that funds projects for children with HIV. In 2006, she was named “Best Italian Dancer Abroad” (Danza & Danza Award). In 2009, she was awarded the medal “Cavaliere Del Lavoro” (Knighthood) by the President of Italy. Her rare appearances in Italy - in Roberto Bolle's Gala and the farewell to Alessandra Ferri – are always an event.

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