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From the company:

JEFFREY CIRIO RETURNS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

FORMER BOSTON BALLET PRINCIPAL DANCER TO JOIN FOR

SELECT PERFORMANCES OF MIKKO NISSINEN’S THE NUTCRACKER

DATE, 2015—(Boston, MA) Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen welcomes Jeffrey Cirio, former Boston Ballet Principal Dancer, back to the Boston Opera House Stage for select performances of The Nutcracker. Cirio will join the cast of Company dancers for performances on December 24 at 3 pm, December 26 at 7:30 pm, December 27 at 5:30 pm, December 29 at 7:30 pm, and December 30 at 1 pm, as well as a special New Year’s Eve appearance on December 31 at 7:30 pm. He will be dancing the roles of Snow King, Grand Pas, and Russian.*

“Our patrons have watched Jeff grow and mature as an artist from his training as a Boston Ballet School student through his tenure as a Company Dancer last season. He is beloved by audiences and critics-alike in the roles of young Fritz in his early years to the leading Nutcracker Prince," explains Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet Artistic Director. "The Nutcracker is a joyful family tradition for so many— an opportunity to come together to create cherished memories with the ones we love. We are thrilled to welcome Jeff back to celebrate the holidays with his Boston Ballet family, and to be a part of the wonderful joy the production brings to life."

Cirio’s affiliation with Boston Ballet began in 2003 as a student of Boston Ballet School. After spending a year as a Trainee in 2006–2007, Cirio was invited to join Boston Ballet II (BBII)—Boston Ballet’s second company—at the age of 16. Cirio then trained at Orlando Ballet School with Peter Stark, who recently joined Boston Ballet in August 2015 as Associate Director of BBII and Head of Men’s Program of Boston Ballet School. Cirio returned to Boston Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2009, and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2010, Soloist in 2011, and Principal Dancer in 2012. He was the youngest male Principal Dancer in Boston Ballet’s history at the age of 20. Cirio is the recipient of numerous awards: he received a gold medal at the 2009 World Ballet Competition, won a coveted Princess Grace Fellowship, and was the first American to be awarded a gold medal at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition in 2009. Cirio was also nominated for the Best Male Classical Dance Performance at the 2013 National Dance Awards in the UK for his performance during Boston Ballet’s London Tour in Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo's Plan to B.

During his tenure at Boston Ballet, Cirio excelled in an array of roles ranging from classical to contemporary. With Boston Ballet, he is best known for his roles in Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, among many others, as well as his standout partnership with Principal Dancer Misa Kuranaga. Cirio originated the principal roles in Jorma Elo’s Awake Only and Elo Experience. In 2014, Cirio was commissioned by Boston Ballet to choreograph of trial, and in 2015, he choreographed his first work for the Boston Opera House stage entitled fremd. He is also the brother of Lia Cirio, Boston Ballet Principal Dancer. Jeffrey Cirio joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in August 2015.

*Dates and roles subject to change.

For images of Jeffrey Cirio in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker: https://bostonballet.smugmug.com/The-Nutcracker/Jeffrey-Cirio-Guest-Appearance/n-SnzJsd/. (Please include proper photo credits, which can be found in the caption of each photo.)

Performances of The Nutcracker will take place at the Boston Opera House (539 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111). Tickets start at $35. For more information, visit www.bostonballet.org or call 617-695-6955.

ABOUT:

Since 1963, Boston Ballet’s internationally acclaimed performances of classical, neo-classical, and contemporary ballets, combined with a dedication to world class dance education and community initiative programs, have made the institution a leader in its field, with a 52-year history of promoting excellence and access to dance.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Max Hodges, the Company maintains a diverse repertoire, ranging from full-length ballets to new works by some of today's finest choreographers. Boston Ballet's second company, Boston Ballet II, is comprised of dancers who gain experience by performing with the Company and independently, presenting special programs to audiences throughout the Northeast.

Programming for Boston Ballet’s 2015-2016 season includes Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler: A Ballet by John Neumeier, making Boston Ballet the first North American Company to perform the work; captivating classical works such as John Cranko’s Onegin and Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake; masterpieces by world-renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine and 20th century masters Leonid Yakobson and Léonide Massine; and two highly anticipated world premieres by Karole Armitage and Yury Yanowsky.

Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, has a long-standing dedication to providing exceptional dance education and ballet training to students across three studios in Boston, Newton, and the North Shore. Led by Director Margaret Tracey, the School reaches more than 5,000 students (toddler to adult) each year through its four core programs: Children’s Program, Classical Ballet Program, Adult Dance Program, and Pre-Professional Program.

Boston Ballet’s Department of Education and Community Initiatives (ECI) provides programming, events, and activities that connect the community to dance. ECI reaches more than 6,000 individuals in Boston, North Shore, and the surrounding communities each year through Citydance, ECI on Location, Adaptive Dance, and other community programs.

For more information, please visit www.bostonballet.org.

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Hopefully Cirio will keep returning!

For those following his career at ABT, in her review of the "Shostakovich Trilogy," Marina Harss wrote,

"He will surely be promoted to principal soon. His dancing is pristine and full-bodied it sings."

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Hopefully Cirio will keep returning!

For those following his career at ABT, in her review of the "Shostakovich Trilogy," Marina Harss wrote,

"He will surely be promoted to principal soon. His dancing is pristine and full-bodied it sings."

He will but when. ABT tends to be on the slower side on promotions of deserving dancers.

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He will but when. ABT tends to be on the slower side on promotions of deserving dancers.

ABT promoted Whiteside in a year's time. That's not too long a wait, just to get used to the company,etc.

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