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Joined ABT 2019
Born in Toulouse, France, Melvin Lawovi began dancing in a small studio in his hometown. At age 10, he joined VM Ballet School, under the direction of Vinciane Ghyssens and Matthew Madsen. In 2015, he appeared on Season 2 of the French television show Prodiges and won the Golden Award. Lawovi has participated in many international competitions including in Grasse, Cannes, Biarritz, and Toulouse, winning gold medals and special prizes in each. He participated in the IBStage International Summer Program and Gala and spent summers training at The Royal Ballet School and Varna International Ballet Competition. In 2018, Lawovi finished first place at the Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals in Barcelona.
Lawovi joined American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in January 2018, became an apprentice with the main Company in December 2019, and joined the corps de ballet in September 2021. His repertoire includes the Russian Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a Satyr in The Seasons, the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake, and featured roles in Bernstein in a Bubble and La Follia Variations. He created a leading role in Lifted and a featured role in Indestructible Light.
ABT is grateful to Theodore Stuart Harkins Ueng for supporting the Dancer Fund in honor of Melvin Lawovi.