Ballet West’s Resident Choreographer, Nicolo Fonte, is known for his unique approach to choreography, having created over 60 new works for dance companies spanning the globe.

He didn’t set out to become a choreographer; rather, he stumbled across it during a required choreography class for his Bachelor of Fine Arts. Fonte later had various opportunities to choreograph pieces for professional dancers at festivals and workshops and discovered his passion.

“I did miserably at first because I had no clue what I was doing, but eventually I got through it and had a seed planted in me,” Fonte said. “Through those classes I had to take, even though I was focused for many years as a dancer, I knew somewhere in the back of my mind that I was going to try my hand at choreography. I thought maybe I had something to say and wanted classically-trained dancers to move in a particular way.”

Check out the full story Nicolo shared with us for the Spring 2023 issue of Front Row Magazine.