Andrè De La Roche

coreografi-andre-de-la-rocheDescribed by Vittoria Ottolenghi as “…one of the best jazz dancers in the world”, he is the undisputed protagonist of Bob Fosse’s famous musical “Dancing”, which was performed worldwide for five years without interruption. He created the choreographies “All the Jazz” (2003) and “La Favola di Amore e Psiche” (2008) for Balletto di Roma. Andrè De La Roche is the supervisor of the Modern Department of the New School of Balletto di Roma. Of Corsican and Vietnamese decent but American education, at the young age of 8 he became part of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera where he danced in the musical The King and I. He then won a three-year ballet scholarship at the American School of Dance in Los Angeles. At the age of 18 he was a dancer of the “How to succeed in business” musical and in many American TV Shows, such as the Lola Falana Show – Diana Ross Show – Can Can – West Side Story – Ringo Star Special. In 1978 the master of musicals Bob Fosse chose him as a soloist in Dancing. Since then he began a shining career that would take him in the biggest theatres worldwide, receiving many awards and recognitions until the approach to Italian television, where he became a guest, choreographer and dancer in many successful shows. In 1985 he was the protagonist dancer of the film Joan Lui. On February 10th, 1995 Vittoria Ottolenghi wrote on the Espresso newspaper “he is one of the best jazz dancers in the world” and dedicated two specials to him on Maratona d’Estate on the Rai Uno channel in 1988 and 1994. He is the interpreter and choreographer of many dance performances, such as: Wanga, Zingari, André and Friends, Faust, Omaggio a Bèjart, Excelsior (for Teatro San Carlo in Naples). Among the many awards and recognitions: Premio Positano 86 (for best dancer), Premio Agis 92, Premio Vignale Danza 93, Premio Bob Fosse 94 (for best TV choreographer), Premio Positano 95 (for his professionalism), Premio Acqui Danza 96.