The Trock Life: Alberto Pretto on Pointe Shoes, Giselle and Channeling Carla Fracci

Alberto Pretto, as Esmeralda, with Matthew Poppe

Giselle is a dream role for most any dancer, and now, Alberto Pretto can count himself as one of the few men to perform it. This month, he made his debut in Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’s Giselle (Act II). Pointe spoke with Pretto (aka Nina Immobilashvili) about the all-male company’s comic twist on the classic.  More »

Dancer Spotlight: Philip Martin-Nielson

Not every male dancer gets to take on roles like Swan Lake’s Odette, and Giannina in a restaging of Jules Perrot’s The Naïad and the Fisherman. But Philip Martin-Nielson isn’t your typical performer. Martin-Nielson is a leading dancer with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male troupe famous for its parodies of traditional ballets.More »