Natalia Magnicaballi

Name: Natalia Magnicaballi

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Age: As Cyndi Lauper once said “I absolutely refuse to reveal my age. What am I – a car?”

Title: Prima Ballerina – Artist Coach – Teacher

Married/Single: I have been married to the love of my live for 17 years and counting.

Kids: Not yet.

City you live in: Arcadia, Phoenix.

A typical day in my life includes…

lots of discipline, good food and sleep! When I’m in town working, I start my day working out with my personal trainer at 7am, then I spend 7 hours dancing/rehearsing, and after all that I teach Intermediate/Advance ballet classes till 9pm. When I’m not in town, a typical day usually starts with me on an airplane on my way to dance, or to give a Master Class, or a workshop somewhere else in US, or in another part of the world.

I was born…

in Buenos Aires, Argentina. To be more specific, I was born in the famous street “Caminito” in the colorful neighborhood of “La Boca”. The house where I was born is now a Cultural Center.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

the sunsets.

I’m listening to…

K-BACH 98.5 classical music station all the time when I drive, I truly love their playlist and being commercial free.

My family…

has been very supportive of me and my career my whole life, and I’m very thankful for that!

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

George Balanchine. He was truly a genius and the “Father of American ballet”.

One thing I cannot live without…

good food…lots of it!

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

what I became. An artist, a Prima Ballerina.

I’m inspired by…

nature.

The one person who motivates me is…

my wonderful husband, he’s the perfect combination of beauty and brains!

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

ending hunger.

The perfect day would be…

the day I wake up and everybody has finally realized that being alive is the most perfect gift we can have.

My first job was…

when I was 9 years old! I had the privilege to get selected above my classmates to be on stage with the main Argentinean ballet company at the Teatro Colon. Being the Teatro Colon the main state’s theater we have in Argentina, the dancers’ salaries are paid by the government, so at the end of the run, I got a big paycheck, I remember it was bigger than my dad’s salary at the time!

My favorite escape…

is to walk by the ocean.

My life…

is amazingly full of love!

I’m currently working on…

mentoring young dancers. This art form is beautiful, but can be very cruel at times, so it’s very crucial for me that young dancers become aware and receive proper guidance about the common ups and downs in our profession. They need to be strong physically and mentally.

Always…

be grateful.

Never…

put yourself down by comparing yourself to another person. YOU are unique! No one is like you, and you are not like them.

Favorite Quote…

“Never doubt your instinct.”

Biggest Dream…

I never had dreams, I always had and have goals.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

people’s unkindness and lack of manners.

More about Natalia…

Natalia Magnicaballi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has been a principal dancer with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet since its conception in 1999 and with Ballet Arizona since 2002. A graduate of Teatro Colón, she became a principal dancer at the age of 19 with Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino. In Europe, she joined the Italian company Aterballetto under Mauro Bigonzetti’s direction. Her repertoire includes the lead roles in 36 Balanchine creations such as Tzigane, Don Quixote, Apollo, Divertimento No. 15, Duo Concertant, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Agon, La Valse, Serenade, La Sonnambula, Allegro Brillante, Ballade, Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act II pas de deux, Who Cares?, Clarinade, Bugaku, Meditation, Episodes, Diamonds, Rubies, Emeralds, Liebeslieder Walzer, Prodigal Son, Monumentum Pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Variations for Orchestra, Intermezzo from Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Pas de Dix, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Mozartiana, Walpurgisnacht, Gounod Symphony, Western Symphony, Dances Concertantes and Swan Lake, as well as in Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun and In the Night. She has also danced the leads in the most beloved classic ballets such as Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, The Nutcracker, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Raymonda, Paquita, La Sylphide, Don Quixote, Coppélia, and Giselle, as well as in works and premieres by Jirí Kylián, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, Mauro Bigonzetti, Dwight Rhoden, Paul Mejia, Ib Andersen, Oscar Araiz, Mauricio Wainrot, Ana María Stekelman, Alberto Méndez, Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky. She has toured and performed in the main houses and arena theatres around five continents including the Paris Opera Garnier and the Mariinsky Theatre. Natalia has been featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and named “Best Dancer” by The Arizona Republic.

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