Nicolas Blanc started his dance training in Montauban, France, continuing at the ‘Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace’ in Monte-Carlo. After winning a scholarship in the 1994 Prix de Lausanne, he completed his education at the Paris Opera Ballet School.
He went on to dance for Nice Opera Ballet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Zurich Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, where he was made Principal Dancer in 2004. His repertoire included lead roles in Balanchine’s Jewels, Square Dance, Divertimento no 15, The Four Temperaments and Tarantella pas de deux. He also danced the leads in Robbins’ Dybbuk and Mats Ek’s Carmen, Benvolio and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Cavalier in The Nutcracker, and danced in various ballets by Mark Morris.
Blanc originated roles in Wheeldon’s Rush and Quaternary; Welch’s Falling and Naked, Possokov’s Study in Motion and Reflections; and Tomasson’s 7 for Eight and Blue Rose.
In 2006 and 2007, he created Amplitude Goldberg and In Search Of for the trainees of San Francisco Ballet School. He also created After Having Been for the International Ballet Competition (IBC) in Jackson, MS. Blanc was part of the Young Choreographers workshop at Scottish Ballet in 2010.
Blanc was awarded a special prize in performing arts by the city of Dusseldorf in 1998, and a special award of recognition by his hometown in 2004. In the same year, he was named one of the “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine. In 2010, he was nominated with Tina LeBlanc for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Best Ensemble in Wheeldon’s Within The Golden Hour).
He joined Scottish Ballet as Ballet Master in 2009. In his time with the company, he coached Page’s Nutcracker, Cinderella, Alice, Fearful Symmetries, Pastor’s Romeo and Juliet, as well as Ashton’s Scenes de Ballet and Balanchine’s Rubies. In 2010, he was the personal assistant of Val Caniparoli for the world premiere of Still Life.
In the spring of 2011, he created Pivotal Frequencies for the students of the Royal Conservatory of Scotland, as well as undertaking a modern dance choreographic lab with Dance House Glasgow. Since then, he has created Purple, Memories of The Future, Unveiled, and The Spell for the annual fundraiser for Embarc, a Chicago organization dedicated to supporting low income high school students in their training. In July 2014, Blanc received the choreographic award at the IBC in Jackson, Mississippi, for his duet Rendez-Vous.
© Joffrey Ballet. All rights reserved.