BalletBoyz is the brainchild of Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt who founded the company in 2001.
Michael was born in London and trained at the Bush Davies School and the Royal Ballet Upper School. He joined The Royal Ballet in 1987 and was promoted to First Soloist in 1997 before returning as Guest Principal for the 2004 Season.
Billy was born in Cambridge and trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 1987. He was promoted to Principal in 1994 and also returned as Guest Principal for the 2004 Season.
During their 12 years at The Royal Ballet between them they danced all the Principal roles including: Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Lescault and Des Grieux (Manon), Prince Charming (Cinderella), Florimund (Sleeping Beauty), Crown Prince Rudolph (Mayerling), King of the Sweets (Nutcracker) as well as creating roles for choreographers Kenneth MacMillan, Glen Tetley, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, David Bintley and Christopher Wheeldon.
Together they created the documentaries Ballet Boyz and Ballet Boyz II – The Next Step and presented and CURATED the 4Dance season on Channel 4 in 2002 and 2003.
In 2000 they co-founded Balletboyz and the Company was nominated for the 2001 and 2003 South Bank Show dance awards. In 2002 Michael and William devised Critics Choice ***** which was awarded the Theatrical Management Association award for outstanding achievement in dance. The Company’s commission Broken Fall – a trio for Nunn, Trevitt and French Prima Ballerina Sylvie Guillem – was awarded the 2004 Laurence Olivier award for best new dance production.
Nunn and Trevitt’s television project The Rough Guide to Choreography was aired on Channel 4 in summer 2004 followed in 2005 by their films of Russell Maliphant’s Torsion, Two and Broken Fall. That same year Balletboyz became Associate Artists at Sadler’s Wells, London’s leading dance house. Regular seasons at Sadler’s Wells followed with shows Naked (2005), Encore (2006) and Greatest Hits! (2008).
In 2007 the Boyz produced and danced in Darcey Bussell – Farewell, a tribute to The Royal Ballet’s Prinicpal ballerina on her retirement from The Royal Ballet, as well as curating and producing a gala event for the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall entitled Ballet For The People.
In 2008 they made the film component of Christopher Wheeldon’s new creation for The Royal Ballet, Electric Counterpoint, creating a virtual corps de ballet as part of the video scenography. That same year, their documentary Strictly Bolshoi (broadcast on Channel 4 on Christmas Day 2007), which followed Wheeldon as he created a new work for the famous Bolshoi Ballet, won the prestigious Rose d’Or and the International Emmy for best arts documentary.
In 2009 Balletboyz created two more critically acclaimed TV works. The Royal Ballet in Cuba was an observational documentary commissioned by More4 charting The Royal Ballet’s historic visit to Cuba, featuring Carlos Acosta and stars of the company with breathtaking performance footage. Balletboyz: The Rite of Spring for BBC3 saw Nunn and Trevitt undertake a radical reworking of Stravinsky’s seminal work, assembling a world-class team of professional and amateur dancers to stage a jaw-dropping re-telling of this modern masterpiece.
Both programmes were nominated for the 2010 Rose D’Or and Balletboyz: The Rite of Spring went on to win the Grand Prix at the prestigious Golden Prague International TV Festival.
2010 saw the first edition of Balletboyz’ groundbreaking new project the TALENT. Nunn and Trevitt selected nine male dancers from a variety of backgrounds and worked with them closely, mentoring and coaching to create a company of first-rate performers. The show has toured nationally and internationally to rave reviews, recently completing a sell out run at Sadler’s Wells Theatre London.
In the Autumn of 2011 Balletboyz created a one off performance in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, which was included in the final part of Balletboyz : The Next Generation, a documentary charting the rise of the company over the last 2 years.
Most recently Michael and Billy have just finished presenting A CHANCE TO DANCE, a 7 part dance series for the Ovation Network in the U.S. This will start to air in August 2012.
Michael and Billy both live in West London with their families. They make frequent television appearances and are regularly asked to comment on arts matters. They are Ambassadors for His Royal Highness Prince Charles’s charity Children and The Arts.