biography and image is taken from Nina's biography at the National
Theatre in Prague website.
master of the National Theatre Ballet Nina Brzorad, born in New
York City, began her formal ballet training
at age 11 at the Balanchine School of American Ballet, where she
received full scholarship at the age of 12. Also studied at the
American Ballet Theatre School as well as modern dance and jazz
at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.
While still a student
at the School of American Ballet, was chosen by Stanley Williams
(one of her most influential teachers) to perform the leading roles
in his restaging of the Bournonville classics, Napoli, Konservatoriet
and La Sylphide, for the annual workshop performances. At age 16
received her first professional engagements with Eglevsky Ballet
Company in NY and Ballet Spectacular, performing classical pas
de deux such as Flower Festival and Don Quixote, with fellow student
partner, Fernando Bujones.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.Became a principal dancer with the
Iranian National Ballet in Teheran, lran.Danced a variety of leading
roles in full length classics as well as John Butler's Carmina
Burana and After Eden, plus other repertory.
Due to the political
upheaval in Iran, returned to the. US where she went on to join
the New Jersey Ballet Company as principal dancer. Danced leading
roles in the company's classical and contemporary repertory, as
well as numerous Balanchine ballets. The company's artistic advisor,
Edward Villela, restaged his Romeo and Juliet pas de deux especially
for her. Became principal dancer with Essener Ballett in Germany.
For three years she danced all the leading roles in the repertory,
including working with Dutch choreographer, Hans Van Manen and
appearing as a guest in various dance festivals with the Essener
Ballett in Koln, Frankfurt, Hanover and on television. Upon her
return to N.Y., Nina Brzorad became principal dancer, co-founder
and associate artistic director of the Dance Theatre of Long Island in N.Y., under the artistic direction
of Ali Pourfarrokh, as well as co-founder and faculty member of
the North Shore School of Dance.
She was also an associate professor
and artist in residence at the Hofstra University Dance Department
in NY Her other teaching credits include, ballet instructor for
Neubert Ballet Institute at Carnegie Hall, Peridance School(artistic
director Igal Perry) and the Ballet Academy East, all in N.Y. City.
During the last ten 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 and conducted
several master classes for the dance department at the Charles
University in Prague. She also continues to guest-teach for the
Gärtnerplatz Theatre in Munich, Germany, as well as in N.Y. Since
2002, Nina Brzorad is the main company teacher for the National
Theatre Ballet in Prague, under the Artistic Direction of Peter
Zuska as well as rehearsal assistant and coach.