Francesco Costanzo is a principal dancer, choreographer, opera director, international maître de ballet and creator of The Floor Barre Foundation. While he is considered by many as one of the finest experts in modern and classical dance, theater and art in Europe.
From a very early age, Francesco fell in love with the study of the movement of the human body, and has led along and fruitful career in the artistic world.
He began his studies in classical dance with the Golaska Dance Theater Company, then led by Enzo Adorno and Barbara Golaska
He then traveled to Milan to further his exploration of dance at the Teatro all Scala, and has studied with for a period during directed by Bella Ratchinskaja before finally moving on to Paris, where he perfected his studies among some of the most well-recognized and sought-after masters in the world.
Francesco comes from an incredibly deep background in classical dance and has studied with some of the finest masters of the art from around the world, completing coursework in Brussels, Milan and Paris. Some of his most notable instructors include David Suterland,Paolo Bortoluzzi,Paolo Podini,Floris, and Daniel Frank (Paris).
Today, Francesco is recognized as one of the most influential and significant choreographers and principal dancers of Contemporary ballet modern alive, and has built a reputation as one of the best interpreters of Vaslav Nijinksy to date. He has also created many additional works of art dedicated to Nijinksy, who Francesco considers to be one of his great role models. In addition to his masterful work as a performer, Francesco has also done professional work as a choreographer and lecturer for the Academic Dance Teachers Association in Italy, as well as other professional organizations around Europe.
Having been raised up by some of history’s greatest masters, Francesco in turn has mentored other up and coming performers eager to learn from him. He has taught numerous courses in dance and Pilates techniques, and was also the first to teach the Boris Kniaseff method in Milan. Since introducing that method to the region, it has grown and developed into a very well-received methodology which has ushered in a large expansion of characterization and techniques.
In addition to extensive experience in education, Francesco has also served as an artistic director and artistic with Marco Borelli former many other Etoile throughout the world.
He met artists, and étoile Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, and many others.
Staff, Opéra National