Luca Masala

Youth Grand Prix România

At the age of 17, he joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders then headed by Robert Denvers, where he remained for three years. Then he worked for a year with Pierre Lacotte at the Ballet National de Nancy where he played key roles in Lacotte’s choreographies and choreographies of Antonio Gades, José Limón, Jirí Kylián, Ulysses Dove, Balanchine…
In 1995, he joined the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich under the direction of Konstanze Vernon as guest soloist dancer. A month later, he became a member of the company.  He took part in numerous creations and video recordings. He danced in prestigious theatres such as the Kirov, La Scala in Milan, the San Carlo in Naples and the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. In 2000, he left the Bavarian company for Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse, under the direction of Nanette Glushak. There he performed most of the main roles of the classical and contemporary repertoire and was often invited to dance in foreign companies.

At the end of his career, he became Maître de ballet for the Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse. He created a group of ten dancers of the Ballet du Capitole (the Capitol Soloists) for whom he organises dancing evenings in Spain, Italy and France. He was choreographer and assistant to the director Pet Halmen for the creation of the opera Faust at the Opéra National de Paris (2010). In 2009, he was appointed Director of the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. Since then he has been a member of the jury of the Youth American Grand Prix in the USA, Japan, Italy, France, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.  He was awarded the “Giuliana Penzi” prize for his career and the “Premio Roma 2011 Jia Ruskaja”. On 19 November 2011, he was appointed by HRH the Crown Prince to the rank of Knight of the Order of Cultural Merit.