Julio Bocca

(b. 1967)

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(b Buenos Aires, 6 Mar. 1967)

Argentinian dancer and company director. He first trained with his mother, a ballet teacher at the National Dance School in Buenos Aires, and with his father, who taught Argentine folk dancing, going on to study at the Instituto Superior de Arte de Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires from 1974 and later with Maggie Black and Wilhelm Burmann. In 1982 he joined Fundación Teresa Carreño de Venezuela, Caracas as principal, in the same year moving on to Ballet del Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro. In 1985 he won the gold medal at Moscow's International Ballet Competition in Moscow, leading to invitations to guest with the Bolshoi and Novosibirsk Ballets in the same year. In 1986 he joined American Ballet Theatre as a principal where, despite his short stature, he danced most of the leading male roles in the classical repertoire. A fierily dramatic dancer, he was particularly noted for his interpretations of Basil in Don Quixote and Romeo in MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet. He created lead roles in Morris's Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes (1987) and Tharp's Brief Fling (1990). He also guested widely abroad with the Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Paris Opera, La Scala Milan, Royal Danish Ballet, and English National Ballet, among others. In 1990, with Eleonora Cassano, he founded Ballet Argentino and its associate school to showcase and encourage young Argentinian dancers, becoming director in 2005. He was also noted for his performances of tango, dancing in the film Tango in 1998. He gave his farewell performance with ABT in 2006 and retired from the stage in 2007.

http://www.juliobocca.com Website for Ballet Argentino and the Julio Bocca Foundation

Subjects: Dance.

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