Cristina Bozzolini

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CRISTINA BOZZOLINI born in Florence in 1943, began studying dance at a very young age, perfecting herself with Daria Collin, a prestigious Dutch teacher.
At the age of sixteen she began an intense professional activity at the major italian theaters and later entered the corps de ballet of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, where in 1971 she was appointed principal dancer, dancing alongside famous performers, including Nureyev, Barishnikov, Godunov, Bortoluzzi, Vassiliev, Russillo, Amodio and many others. During these years she participated in the Festival of Spoleto and the famous Gala of the Teatrino delle Sei, receiving in 1969 the Positano Prize for dance.
At the same time, together with other expert cultural promoters, she established the Centro Studi Danza in Florence, which later became the Scuola del Balletto di Toscana, with the aim of renewing the study and teaching of dance.
In 1975 she founded the Contemporary Dance Collective in Florence, which in 1985 became the Balletto di Toscana, building a high profile international repertoire that includes works by Hans Van Manen, Nils Christe, Ed Wubbe, Cristopher Bruce, Angelin Preljocaj, Cesc Gelabert, Fabrizio Monteverde, Mauro Bigonzetti, Virgilio Sieni, Eugenio Scigliano.
For the immediate and growing success of this new training of high professional value, in 1987 she obtained the Tersicore Prize of the International Academy of Muses, again the Positano Prize for Dance and, both in 1989 and in 1993, the Danza&Danza Prize.
After the experience of the Balletto di Toscana, she started a merger with the Balletto di Roma Company, where she became its co-director in the spring of 2002.
At the same time, increasingly convinced of the essential character of a professional internship experience in the training and improvement of a dancer, in 2005 constitutes the Balletto di Toscana Junior, composed of a selection of graduate students, all trained in the courses of the Scuola del Balletto di Toscana.
In 2008 she took on the artistic direction of the Aterballetto Company, which she led for ten years, first in collaborative continuity with Mauro Bigonzetti as principal choreographer and then, imprinting an identity level of absolute international excellence, engaging in specific creations for the company by prestigious Masters and Choreographers protagonists of the world scene.
In 2016 she was awarded by a group of authoritative critics at the Teatro Carignano in Turin and was granted the Prize for Career Dance & Dance.
In 2017 she returned to Florence where she devoted herself full time to her Nuovo Balletto di Toscana company, producing ballets by choreographers, such as: Arianna Benedetti, Davide Bombana, Jiří Bubeníček, Diego Tortelli, Michele Di Stefano, Mario Bermudez Gil and Philippe Kratz.