Nicoletta Manni, flagship name of La Scala Ballet company, was born and raised in Santa Barbara (Lecce). She received her initial training locally at her mother’s ballet school, before being accepted at La Scala Ballet School at 13, where she graduated in 2009. At 18 she joined Staatsballett Berlin, under the direction of Vladimir Malakhov where she stayed for three seasons, performing in all the classical and contemporary productions. Under the invitation of Makhar Vaziev, she returned to Italy, joining La Scala Ballet company, debuting in Myrtha (Giselle) and Odette/Odile in Rudolf Nureyev’s Swan Lake.
One year later at the age of 22, she was promoted to Principal Dancer of La Scala Ballet. Since then she has danced all the main roles alongside international guest stars, and performed many new creations as well as masterpieces of the classical repertoire in Milan and abroad during the prestigious tours of La Scala in Kazakhstan, France, Poland, China, and Japan.
She was awarded Danza & Danza Prix as best female dancer of 2014, was nominated for the prestigious Benois de la Danse in 2015 and was named as a star in the making by the German magazine “Tanz”
Nicoletta Has been frequently invited to perform at international ballet galas, and since 2014 she has been Robert Bolle’s partner in “Roberto Bolle & Friends”.