Roberto Bolle photographed by Milan Vukmirovic for no.13 of L'Officiel Hommes magazineRoberto Bolle is an Italian-trained ballet dancer who has performed with companies throughout the world including La Scalla Ballet, The Stuttgart Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Bolle, age 37, has starred in shows including The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and Giselle to name a few. He is a principal at New York City's American Ballet Theater and performed in this past season's in Romeo and Juliet (6th of May 2012), Giselle (16th of May 2012), and Onegin (6th and 8th of June 2012).
Having quite the amazing resume, Bolle began his dance career at age seven before being accepted at the La Scala theatre ballet school in Milan at age eleven. At age twenty he was promoted to Principal Dancer at La Scala Ballet but left the following year to pursue a freelance career, and has since starred in many ballets with esteemed companies around the world.
In 2007 Bolle made his first appearance as a guest artist with ABT for Alessandra Ferri's farewell performance. Two years later he performed as a Principal dancer with ABT for the 2009 spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. That season marked the first time that a male Italian dancer joined the company as a Principal.
Aside from being an exceptionally talented dancer, Bolle is also exceedingly handsome and has appeared in several fashion and style magazines as well as advertising campaigns. Ferragamo featured Bolle in a fall 2008 promotion, was featured in an editorial spread in Vogue US 2009 alongside supermodel Coco Rocha, and is also signed with Giorgio Armani.
He is truly one of my favorite dancers and people in the world and continues to impress both on and off the stage. Bolle has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1999, and visited Sudan in 2006 to spend time at local schools and hospitals. He raised over $655,000 for education and health projects for the African state in 2007, and continues that work during his off season.
Photo credit: Milan Vukmirovic