Antonia Franceschi

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Antonia Franceschi played a lead in the film "Fame" and was featured in "Grease". She was invited by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet, where she was a leading dancer for many years. Works were created on her by Balanchine, Robbins, Martins and Lubovitch, among others.

Recently her dance play “Up From The Waste” was co-produced and performed by The Soho Theatre in Nov 2006 to critical acclaim.

Since moving to London she has worked with Mark Baldwin, Wayne McGregor, Michael Clarke, Arlene Phillips, Matthew Hart, Cathy Marston, Karole Armitage, and Anthony Van Laast. Her films for television include Point Blank and Ecco for Channel 4, Frankenstein, BBC’s Live and Kicking, and is featured in Merchant Ivory’s The Golden Bowl.

She produced four programs of The New York Ballet Stars, three for The Sintra Festival and two at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Royal Festival Hall, where she became advisor for five years. Antonia performed The Vagina Monologues at The New Ambassadors Theatre.

Antonia is a Time Out Award winner for “Outstanding Achievement in Dance”.

Antonia has choreographed for Ballet Black at The Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House The Place Theatre; Turtle Keys; The Sintra Festival, The Albany; The Wharehouse, The Gantry; The Music Box, and the London Contemporary School, collaborated as well as commissioned scores from musicians Allen Shawn, Gary Yearshon, and Zoe Martlew.

Franceschi has taught for the following companies: Scottish Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Alvin Ailey, Complextions, Richard Alston , Adventures in Motion Pictures, DV 8, Random, Ricochet, Union Dance, ARC Dance company, and the musical “Billy Elliot”. She teaches Balanchine pointework to the students of London Studio Center and Scottish Ballet, has taught a Balanchine workshop at The Hammond School, as well as a term at The London Contemporary School. She also teaches open classes at Pineapple, Dance Works, The Place, and Marleybone Studio. Antonia has taught several workshops Dancers Into Speaking (International Workshop Festival) with Patsy Rodenburg, as well as several radio programs, such as BBC II, and Women's Hour, speaking about her life and her work.