Summer Faculty 2019, CCA Enhanced Men’s Training Program
Laszlo Berdo was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he began dancing at the age of five. At age 11, his mother encouraged him to try an audition for a local Nutcracker production. Initial resistance to classical ballet turned into a life-long passion.
Laszlo intensified his studies at the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois. Upon graduation, he first joined Ballet Austin and then the Louisville Ballet under Alun Jones and Helen Starr. He was later hired by Ivan Nagy first as a guest artist then later as a soloist with the Cincinnati Ballet. Laszlo joined the Boston Ballet in 1990 as a corps de ballet member under Bruce Marks. He was promoted to soloist in 1993 and became a principal dancer in 1995.
He began choreographing in 1993 and has since created works for Boston Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki. He choreographed for the Boston Conservatory and participated in ChoreoPlan 2001 in which he choreographed for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
Laszlo has been a faculty member for the Boston Conservatory, Harvard University and CPYB. He was appointed Artistic Director and School Director of Eglevsky Ballet in 2011. Under Laszlo’s leadership, Eglevsky Ballet opened its doors to the community with a brand new state-of-art facility in Bethpage, NY, reestablishing Eglevsky Ballet as the premiere ballet school and only professional company on Long Island. Laszlo was previously Ballet Master of the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet and a private coach.
Miami City Ballet
was born in São Paulo, Brazil, where he began his dance training at the age of seven with Ballet Twin’s Academy and Studium Marisa Ballet. In 1997, Renato participated in the “Special Group of Classical Dancers of São Paulo.” Under the direction of Laura Alonso, he danced as a soloist in Giselle, through a course with “Cuballet.”
In 1998, Renato was invited to dance the lead role of “Siegfried” in Swan Lake. Later that year, Renato became a semifinalist at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi and also the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. He was then invited by Mr. Edward Villella to join the Miami City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. Renato was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2004. He has performed many leading roles in the Balanchine repertoire, including Donizetti Variations, Symphony in C, Tarantella, Ballet Imperial and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. In addition, Renato has performed in Jerome Robbin’s Fancy Free, Dances at a Gathering and In the Night, as well as Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, In the Upper Room and The Golden Section. He has also performed the lead roles in Don Quixote, Giselle and Edward Villella’s The Neighborhood Ballroom among many others.
In 2011, together with the Miami City Ballet, Renato performed at the “Les Etes De La Danse” in Paris, France, where the company danced for three weeks at Theatre du Chatelet. Renato has also served as a faculty member of the Miami City Ballet during various summer programs.
Within the 2013/14 season, Renato performed Jerome Robbin’s West Side Story Suite and Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia under the new Artist Director of the Miami City Ballet, Lourdes Lopez. Renato has danced many principal roles nationally and internationally with the Miami City Ballet, including tours to Torino, Italy, Paris, Venezuela and Canada. Renato was recently nominated by Dance Magazine’s editors and writers for Best Male Performance of 2016.
Christopher began his training in the San Francisco Bay area. He studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and L’Ecole des Grands Ballets Canadiens. His professional career began in Montreal, dancing with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens where he rose to rank of Soloist. While in Montreal Chris was offered a position with the Basel Ballet of Basel, Switzerland, where he performed many soloist and principal roles. After dancing in Switzerland, he joined Cleveland Ballet and danced many principal roles, ranging in scope from Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake to the Champion Roper in Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo.
While still dancing with the company, Chris was promoted to the position of Ballet Master, and soon thereafter Regisseur. Chris has taught and staged many works for companies such as the Atlanta Ballet and Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas of Venezuela. Since 1995 he has been a guest teacher and choreographer for the Cecchetti Council of America’s International summer conference. During the 2001-2002 school year, Chris accepted the position of Visiting Artist at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania where he taught choreography as well as all levels of ballet technique.