Vito Bernasconi —

Vito Bernasconi
Junior Soloist

Vito grew up in Coogee, New South Wales. He begin his ballet training at the age of 5 at Academy Ballet in Sydney.

He graduated from The Australian Ballet School in 2012 and joined Queensland Ballet in 2013.

Vito was promoted to Junior Soloist in July 2015 and was nominated for an Australian Dance Award for his performance of Tybalt in Sir Kenneth Macmillan's Romeo and Juliet

 

Repertoire highlights

  • Tybalt and Mercutio in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo & Juliet

  • Captain Hook in Trey McIntyre's Peter Pan

  • Gopak, Arabian and Drosselmeyer in Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker

  • Gurn in Peter Schaufuss' La Sylphide

  • Demetrius and Bottom in Liam Scarlett A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • Henry in Greg Horsman's Coppelia

  • Tim Podesta's The Divine Comedy

  • Jack Lister's Fonder Heart

Did you know?

  • Vito can speak Italian and wants to travel to Italy one day to discover his heritage

  • Vito loves health and works with his partner, who is a health coach, to find the best way to fuel his body every day

  • On his days off, Vito loves playing music, reading and swimming.

What is your ballet dream?

"The status of Principal is one dream that I believe any ballet dancer would want to fulfill and, having recently being promoted to Junior Soloist, I am well on my way to achieving this.

To be recognised for my talent and abilities and be a leading dancer in a prestigious company is definitely something that I want in my both my career. While recognition of my capabilities is one thing, it’s the way in which I reach each milestone in both my career and my life that interests me the most. Personal Development is my Ballet Dream.

Ballet is constantly moving and growing. I love the classics, like Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet, and whenever I see or perform these ballets, I think of all the famous dancers that would have performed the roles and steps within them. But there is constant exploration in this modern world to achieve greater heights and possibilities in the realm of dance and ballet. The dancers that we have had on stages around the world in history have set a standard that each coming generation, hopefully, must reach or surpass. At least, this is my goal and dream. Each day when I come into the studio to begin my day with warm-up, to the end of the day where I finish with a cool-down, I am constantly looking for ways to learn and better myself.

Through many people I have learnt that progress, even the slightest amount, can be helpful. I am always asking questions and gaining knowledge so I can hopefully succeed in anything I put my mind to. But even if at first I don’t succeed, I will keep on learning until I eventually do. People often say that dancers should try to reach ‘Perfection’, but I disagree. In my case, I’m trying to reach ‘Imperfection’. I’m never trying to be perfect, because I know that I never will be. 'Perfection' to me represents a point where nothing possibly could be better; a level where you can’t go further. ‘Imperfection’, I believe, is in fact perfect for Ballet, because as dancers we are constantly looking for ways to be better, whether it’s stronger feet, believable stage presence or more artistry.

One day I do hope to lead a company with pride as one of its star dancers, but for the time being I’m simply looking to continue my journey in whatever way will allow me to be the best dancer I can be."

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Reflections

It is the dancer’s job to bring the characters to life.

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Stepping out of your comfort zone

When I was young dancer, before I had even considered pursuing ballet as a profession, it wasn’t the only style of dancing that I did after school and on weekends. 

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Step up

As a full-time professional ballet dancer, a typical day will feature Company Class and production rehearsals. I will ‘walk’ around 10,000 steps and expend around 3000 calories.

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Warm Up and Cool Downs

Warm Up and Cool Downs are essential for dancers. It’s no different for a weekly class attendee or a full-time professional, we all need to prepare our bodies and minds, and set ourselves up for recovery.

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Vito Smoothie Recipe

Find out Vito's favourite smoothie recipe.

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Total Recall Remembering Choreography

One of the most incredible skills a dancer can have is remembering choreography.

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Cultivate that Cross-Training

Cross-training has been vital to my career as a ballet dancer. 

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Five Fast Tips

Vito offers five quick tips to help you get the most from your dance class!

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