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Mara Galeazzi

Guest Artist

Biography

Italian dancer Mara Galeazzi is a former Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet as an Artist in 1992 aged 18 and was promoted to First Artist in 1995, Soloist in 1998 and Principal in 2003, retiring at the end of the 2012/13 Season. She returned as a Guest Artist in the 2014/15 Season and returns in the 2016/17 Season to dance in Woolf Works.

Galeazzi was born in Brescia and from the age of ten trained at the school of La Scala, Milan. She was awarded a Cavaliere del Lavoro medal in 2009 and the Positano Prize in 2008. Signature roles with The Royal Ballet included Juliet, Anastasia, Tatiana (Onegin), the Firebird, Giselle and Mary Vetsera (Mayerling), the role in which she made her farewell appearance as a Principal. Since retiring she has returned to The Royal Ballet to create the role of Mother (Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra) and to collaborate in Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works. Further dance work since leaving the Company includes founding the dance group M&T in Motion with Australian choreographer Tim Podesta. In 2016 she created her first piece of choreography, Remembrance, performed with Covent Garden Dance Company in Hatch House, Wiltshire.

Galeazzi is devoted to charitable work. In 2007 she founded Dancing for the Children, a charity that raises funds for charities in South Africa and Kenya that fight the spread of diseases such as AIDS and help under-privileged children explore the joys of dance.

Videos

News and features

Your reaction: Mayerling on BP Big Screens

Your reaction: Mayerling on BP Big Screens

14 June 2013

A selection of your tweets and picnic pics from the first of this year's outdoor relays, which saw Mara Galeazzi's farewell.

Farewell to The Royal Ballet's Mara Galeazzi

Farewell to The Royal Ballet's Mara Galeazzi

12 June 2013

Send us your best wishes for Mara and make a gift to our Pointe Shoes Appeal for the chance to win a pair of the shoes worn in her final performance.

Watch: How dancers prepare their shoes for the stage

Watch: How dancers prepare their shoes for the stage

10 June 2013

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson give a behind the scenes look at a vital process as part of our Pointe Shoe Appeal

Photos

Mara Galeazzi, Hikaru Kobayashi and Genesia Rosato in Mayerling, The Royal Ballet

Mara Galeazzi's final curtain call

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson at the curtain call for Mayerling

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson at the curtain call for Mayerling

Mara Galeazzi's final curtain call

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson at the curtain call for Mayerling

Edward Watson as Crown Prince Rudolf and Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling

Bennet Gartside as Crown Prince Rudolf and Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling

Edward Watson as Des Grieux and Mara Galeazzi as Manon in Manon

Edward Watson as Des Grieux and Mara Galeazzi as Manon in Manon

Mara Galeazzi in Giselle

Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi in Chroma

Mara Galeazzi in Serenade

Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

Mara Galeazzi and Ludovic Ondiviela in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra

Gary Avis, Ludovic Ondiviela and Mara Galeazzi in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra

Mara Galeazzi and Ludovic Ondiviela

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson in Ceremony of Innocence, Aldeburgh Festival, 2013

Mara Galeazzi in Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet

Mara Galeazzi, Federico Bonelli and Marianela Núñez in Serenade

Mara Galeazzi and Jonathan Watkins

Bennet Gartside as Crown Prince Rudolf and Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling

Edward Watson as Des Grieux and Mara Galeazzi as Manon in Manon

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson in Mayerling

Mara Galeazzi

Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi in Mayerling

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

Thiago Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

A portrait of Mara Galeazzi