Federico Bonelli

Federico was born in Italy where he studied ballet in Turin. In 1996, following an award at the Prix de Lausanne competition, he joined the Zurich Ballet, and in 1999 the Dutch National Ballet.

In 2003 Federico joined the Royal Ballet as a principal dancer where he has danced much of the company’s varied repertoire. Over the years he has worked with several choreographers creating a number of roles in new ballet and dance productions. Federico has been a guest artist in several theatres and opera houses around the world and was awarded the Positano Prix for Ballet in 2005 and 2018, as well as being nominated for the "Best Male Dancer" award by the National Dance Awards Critic' Circle in 2009.

In 2010 Federico returned to the Prix de Lausanne, this time as a member of the jury for the competition. He was a guest teacher at the Royal Ballet School and has thought masterclasses in several summer courses, including for the outreach programme of the Prix de Lausanne.

Federico has experimented on his body the benefits of a sport science based approach to dance, and he is an enthusiastic advocate for the advancement of these methods in the dance sector.
Finally Federico is an ambassador for PiPA (Parents in the Performing Arts), and he is passionate about improving the conditions for parents and carers to work and thrive in the performing art industry.