Sergio Neglia is the founder and Artistic Director of Neglia Ballet Artists. Born in Argentina, Sergio began studying ballet at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. At thirteen he won a scholarship to the famed Bolshoi Ballet, and at sixteen was a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet, hand-picked by George Balanchine. He went on to study under, and danced with some of ballets most famous names, including Nureyev, Godunov and Baryshnikov. He has been a finalist and won awards in several International Competitions, including a silver medal at the Prix de Lausanne, considered one of the world’s most prestigious competitions. Sergio has danced as a soloist with Cincinnati Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Santiago Ballet of Chile and many other companies worldwide. In addition to appearing as a guest performer, Sergio is a sought after instructor and has taught master classes throughout Japan, Argentina and the U.S. Sergio’s original choreography is recognized for his dramatic and theatrical interpretations, including Baba Yaga, Spartacus, Don Quixote and Romeo & Juliet and Nutcracker. An inspiration to the local community, he was recognized as the Hispanic Artist of the Year by Hispanics United of Buffalo in 2006. Sergio recently returned from a critically acclaimed seven city tour of Argentina which culminated in a Gala Performance at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.