Simonetta Lysy

Guest ballet mistress of the Polish National Ballet

A portrait of Simonetta LysyChoreographer’s assistant. Italian dancer, teacher and ballet mistress. Born in Rome, she left her hometown at the age of eleven to study at the Royal Ballet School in London, first at White Lodge and then at the Upper School. As a graduate student she worked with the Royal Ballet. In 1984 she got a contract with the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam under the direction of Rudi van Dantzing and spent thirteen years there working with many outstanding choreographers such as: Hans van Manen, Rudi van Danzing, Toer van Schayk, Krzysztof Pastor, Nils Christie, Ashley Page, William Forsythe, Ted Brandsen, Peter Wright, and Jan Linkens. She also danced in all the big classical ballets, like Giselle, La Bayadère, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake, as well as many roles in George Balanchine’s pieces. After retiring from the stage in 1997, she taught at the National Ballet Academie and set Balanchine’s Serenade and Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet for the school in Amsterdam, the Hague and Budapest. She also taught for the Het Internationale Danstheater in Amsterdam and prepared the Warsaw Ballet School graduates for their ballet competition. She assisted Krzysztof Pastor with setting traditional choreographic sequences in his version of Swan Lake.

(photo: Ewa Krasucka)