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Tony Montalvo


Oak Park, Ill.

At Nashville Ballet since 2011

Tony Montalvo, Apprentice

Born and raised in the suburbs right outside of Chicago, Tony began dancing at the age of three. He started pursuing ballet at Faubourg School of Ballet, under direction of Watmora Casey, and Tatyana Mazur. He then started dancing with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago in their youth cast of the Nutcracker in 2001. From there, in 2003 the late founder and artistic director Gerald Arpino invited Tony to be a part of his new world premiere piece I/DNA. Through this, Tony had the opportunity totour with the Joffrey Ballet to California and performed in the Dorthy Chandler Pavilion. 

Tony has trained at Faubourg School of Ballet, Salt Creek Ballet, Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Tony then received a scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Academy for three years, an arts boarding high-school in northern Michigan. He continued his training there under former dancer, Ballet master and co-associate director of the Joffrey Ballet, Cameron Basden. While at Interlochen, he performed leading roles in ballets such as: Ashton's Les Patineures, Massine's Gaîté Parisienne, and Bluebird from The Sleeping Beauty.

After graduating high-school in 2011 Tony became a member of Nashville Ballet 2. In his two years he performed Paul Vasterling's Peter and the Wolf, Carmina Burina and Nashville's Nutcracker. This will be Tony's first season as an apprentice with the company and looks forward to growing and becoming a part of this company. When he isn’t dancing, Tony spends his time cooking and biking.