Ballet master of the National Theatre Ballet
Nina Brzorad, born in New York City, began her formal ballet training at the age of 11 at the Balanchine School of American Ballet, where she received a full scholarship at the age of 12. She also studied at the American Ballet Theatre School and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. While still a student at the School of American Ballet, she was chosen by Stanley Williams to perform the lead roles in his restaging of Bournonville classics. At the age of 16, she received her first professional engagements with Eglevsky Ballet Company in New York and Ballet Spectacular, performing classical pas de deux in ballets such as Flower Festival and Don Quixote. She then joined American Ballet Theatre, where she danced for four years, touring the USA and participating in the movie The Turning Point, featuring M. Baryshnikov. Furthermore, she was a principal dancer with the Iranian National Ballet in Teheran, dancing a variety of lead roles in full-length classics, as well as in John Butler's Carmina Burana, in After Eden and other ballets. Due to the political upheaval in Iran, she returned to the USA, where she went on to join the New Jersey Ballet Company as principal dancer. She danced lead roles in the company’s classical and contemporary repertoire, as well as numerous Balanchine ballets. Nina was also a principal dancer with Essener Ballett in Germany, where for three years she danced all the lead roles in the repertoire and appeared as a guest at dance festivals in Cologne, Frankfurt, Hanover and on television. At the time she also collaborated with the Dutch choreographer Hans Van Manen. Upon her return to New York, Nina became a principal dancer, co-founder and assistant to the artistic director of the Dance Theatre of Long Island in NY, Ali Pourfarrokh. She was also a co-founder and faculty member of the North Shore School of Dance. In addition, she worked as an associate professor and artist in residence at the Hofstra University Dance Department in NY. Her other teaching credits include the work of ballet instructor for Neubert Ballet Institute at Carnegie Hall, Peridance School (artistic director Igal Perry) and Ballet Academy East. During the past 10 years she has been working in the Czech Republic, mainly in Prague, as a freelance company teacher for the National Theatre Ballet, Prague Chamber Ballet, Laterna magika. She has also led several master classes for the Dance Department of the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Furthermore, she continues to teach at the Gärtnerplatz Theater in Munich, Germany, as well as in New York. Since 2002, Nina Brzorad has been a ballet master, rehearsal assistant and coach of the National Theatre Ballet in Prague.