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Joined ABT 2017
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Virginia Lensi was born in Milan, Italy, and began her ballet training at La Scala Ballet School at the age of eleven. While there she performed roles in The Nutcracker, Serenade, Who Cares?, Les Sylphides, Paquita, and Gaîté Parisienne at Teatro alla La Scala. Lensi also danced a soloist variation in Napoli Pas De Six and participated in La Scala Ballet School’s 2015 exposition, dancing the Rose Adagio from The Sleeping Beauty.
Lensi attended summer intensive programs at The Royal Ballet, Victor Ullate Ballet, School of American Ballet, and IBStage. In 2015, she attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive in New York and was invited to join the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School with a full scholarship.
Lensi joined ABT Studio Company in January 2016, where her repertoire included Ethan Stiefel’s See the Youth Advance!, Liam Scarlett’s Untitled, Dana Genshaft’s Chromatic Fantasy, Alexei Ratmansky’s Paquita and Rondo Capriccioso, Marco Pelle’s Libera!, and Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadère pas d’action.
Lensi became an apprentice with American Ballet Theatre in November 2017 and joined the corps de ballet in January 2018. Her repertoire includes Leto in Apollo, the Spanish Dance in Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake, and a featured role in Deuce Coupe.
ABT is grateful to Iain and Mariko Drayton for supporting the Dancer Fund in honor of Virginia Lensi.