Variations Masterclasses with Marianela Nunez & Alejandro Parente

Join world renowned Ballet Stars Marianela Nunez & Alejandro Parente for two Variations Masterclasses, in-studio at Danceworks or live streamed online.

This is an opportunity exclusive to Danceworks to learn first hand from the very best.

Booking Information

Dates: 15th & 22nd January 2023

Time: 14.30-16.30

Fee: £25 in studio / £10 online

Open to all dancers from age 13* of intermediate level + (all ages and levels online).

*under-16’s with parental permission.

Marianela Núñez (Medora) and Vadim Muntagirov (Conrad) © Fabrizio Sansoni

© ROH / Johan Persson 2011


Le Corsaire- Medora: The plot is based on the 1814 poem ‘The Corsair’ by Lord Byron. The ballet first opens on Conrad, a pirate, and his crew as they sail towards Turkey. When they arrive, Conrad falls in love with Medora, a girl being sold by a merchant and slave trader, Lankedem, at a bazaar.

Marianela Nunez Biography

Marianela Nuñez was born in Buenos Aires and began dancing at the age of three. When she was six she began training at the Teatro Colón Ballet School, joining the Teatro Colón company aged 14. She took on corps and soloist roles and toured internationally, both with the company and as a guest artist with Maximiliano Guerra.

Argentine dancer Marianela Nuñez is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet Upper School in 1997 and joined the Company in 1998, promoted to First Soloist in 2000 and to Principal in 2002 aged 20. She has performed all the leading roles in the classical, dramatic and contemporary repertory, to name a few some include works by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Wayne McGregor, and Jerome Robbins.

Some of Nuñez’s awards include Best Female Dancer at the 2005, 2012 and 2018 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, Konex de Platino for Best Dancer of the Decade in Argentina in 2009 and the María Ruanova Award in 2011. She received the 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, in recognition of her performances in Viscera and in roles created on her in Aeternum and ‘Diana and Actaeon’(Metamorphosis: Titian 2012).

Alejandro Parente Biography

Alejandro studied at the Higher Institute of Art of the Teatro Colón with the masters Rosmarie Achard, Wasil Tupin, Enrique Lommi and especially under the tutelage of Rada Eichembaum. At the age of 16 he joined the company Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon as a corps de ballet member and quickly becoming a Principal Dancer and doing most of the main roles in the company’s extensive repertoire.

He has received Figure of the Clarín Dance Awards, the José Neglia Award and was distinguished with the Konex Award for the best Argentine dancers of the last decade.

He participates in numerous international galas and is invited as Guest Principal Artist in many companies around the world . He also has directed and produced numerous shows within Argentina. He was a professor of the Academy of Ballet in the Opera of Vienna, Artistic advisor of the Teatro Argentino de la Plata, Ballet Master of the Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires. He also Works together with Marianela Nuñez from Royal ballet in several national and international tours. On August the 8th 2018 he has retired from The Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon as a dancer after 29 years of his career as a dancer.

And now he works as a guest teacher at world top class ballet companies, Teatro Alla Scala de Milan,Opera Di Roma,Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon and The Royal Ballet.