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The Dancer


Hugo Fanari worked as a principal and soloist dancer in several dance companies in Europe, including Ballet Classico de Madrid, Luzern Ballet, Hannover Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Bonn Ballet and The Finnish National Ballet.


In his career as a dancer he has danced a wide range of the classical repertoire, including RUDOLF NUREYEV (The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker), PATRICE BART (Don Quixote), JOHN CRANKO (Romeo and Juliet), BOURMEISTER (Swan Lake), PIERRE LACOTTE (La Sylphide), LANDER (Etude), AUGUST BOURNONVILLE (Napoli, Le Conservatoire, Flower Festival in Genzano), NATALIA MAKAROVA (La Bayadère), YURI VAMOS (A Midsummer Night's Dream), TOM SHILLING (Romeo and Juliet), MIKHAIL FOKINE (Les Sylphides), BALANCHINE (Divertimento No. 15, Concerto Barocco) MARIUS PETIPA (Giselle, Harlequinade, Paquita, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Coppélia, The Grand Pas classique), MASSINE / LEON (The Three-Cornered Hat), and JORGE GARCIA (Majissimo). 


In addition, his repertoire also includes contemporary works by OHAD NAHARI, JORMA UOTINEN, NACHO DUATO, WILLIAM FORSYTHE, JIRI KYLIAN, among others.

The Ballet Master


Hugo Fanari is regularly asked to give classical training for dance companies and contemporary workshops of his own choreographies around the world.

These include modern solos and duets, which he often creates specifically for international dance competitions.


From fall 2010-2012, he has been an Associate Professor and choreographer at the Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) in Taiwan.

In addition to choreographing, he also teaches:

-Classical ballet training for junior & senior graduated students

-Duet class, classical and contemporary

-A training method exclusively for male dancers


Teaching Goals:

A dancer’s task is to be sensitive and open to assimilating the nuances, while also being quick and intelligent in learning to synthesize movements, to serve as “inspiration” for a choreographer. Hugo Fanari’s goal is to guide them to be assertive, motivated, disciplined and full of creativity. In addition, in his classes he nurtures respect for others while keeping a positive attitude and a competitive team spirit, full of healthy self-esteem and ambition. He encourages his students to participate in international dance and choreography competitions, and to attend live performances from international dance companies.

The Choreographer


As a choreographer, besides his work with dancers, Hugo has helped train opera singers, actors and musicians. He has successfully created over 30 dance works for different operas, ballet companies, festivals and choreography competitions. Notable achievements include:


Finalist at 2010 Cross Connection Choreographer Competition, with his piece “Two4One” at the Stærekassen Theater Copenhagen (Danish Royal Opera).


Winner of 2003 Prix Dom Pérignon of Choreography “Nachwuchpreis”, with his ballet “E pur sì muove” at the Hamburg State Opera.


Winner of first prize, Pierre Wyss prize and public choice award at the Hannover International Choreographer Competition, with his ballet “No man's land”.


Finalist at 1998 Hannover International Choreography Competition year 1998, with his work "How many leaves".


Dance is an international language with endless communicative possibilities, and has the ability to reach and gather together people from various generations, nationalities and social classes. The art and poetry of the language of movement can convey messages, touch our souls, and waken our senses, interest and intellect. My philosophy is to use dance as a universal tool to unite people, who all understand, feel, share and speak the same language.

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