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    Antonio Montalvo

    Dancer and Choreographer


  • Background

    Born and raised in Chicago, USA, Tony began dancing professionally at 10 years old. In 2003 he performed and toured with the Joffrey Ballet as a part of the world premiere of “I/DNA” the final creation by Gerald Arpino, founder and artistic director of The Joffrey. After this tour, Tony danced in multiple performances with the Chicago Opera Theatre including “Nixon in China”, "A Death in Venice" and La Resurrezione”. While working with these companies, he continued his ballet training at Faubourg School of Ballet under the direction of Watmora Casey as well as Salt Creek Ballet under the direction of Sasha Kozadayev. After winning awards at numerous dance competitions across the United States, Tony continued his education at Interlochen Arts Academy. There he performed lead roles in ballets including “The Sleeping Beauty,”Les Patineures,” and “Gaite Parisienne.” After graduating in 2011, Tony moved to Nashville, Tennessee and danced with the Nashville Ballet for three years. In 2014 he left the ballet company to be a founding member of the contemporary company New Dialect under the direction of Banning Bouldin. While at New Dialect, Tony worked with international choreographers including: Idan Sharabi, Alex Ketley, Brian Arias, and Peter Chu.


    In the fall of 2017, Tony traveled to China to dance and choreograph with his sister Elisa Montalvo. In Shanghai they collaborated to create the "We Are The Night" choreography for Bacardi's Halloween events. This took Tony to Beijing to set and perform the choreography. The brother sister duo continued their collaboration and performed in the inaugural showcase for the opening of the first Millennium Dance Complex in China. While in Shanghai Tony became a collaborator and dancer with the collective SLATE where they created film and gallery performances. Tony was also invited to Lanzhou as a master teacher to share his passion for contemporary dance at the 2017 Pioneer Dance Camp.


    Upon returning to the states in the winter of 2018, Tony premiered as a soloist dancer with the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Cendrillon. Tony then traveled to Washington DC to have his Kennedy Center premier with the Washington National Opera and their production of Eugene Onegin. In 2020 Tony performed Samson and Delilah at the Kennedy Center before getting shut down due to COVID. Tony is currently in DC back with Washington National Opera performing in the upcoming production of Bizet

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