Nicholas Ziegler


Nicholas Ziegler was born in Hannover into a family of artists. At a young age, he received his first ballet schooling by his mother where he discovered his passion for dance and movement. At the age of 10, he started his education at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hannover, where he was taught by his father Prof. Franz Ziegler amongst others. Nicholas graduated in 1997 from the University of Arts in Munich, Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung.

His first professional engagement, 1997, was with the Semperoper Dresden from where the
journey took Mr. Ziegler to the Finnish National Ballet in 2001. Soon after joining, he was
promoted to Dance Main roles of the classical repertoire such as Swanlake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, La Bayadère and Onegin. He also took great pleasure in performing works by Dawson, Duato, Fonte, Forsythe, Kylian, Naharin, Neumeier, Ratmansky and others. Highlights of his career were the creative processes with choreographers such as Anna Marie Holmes (Raymonda, Jean de Brienne), Patrice Bart (Tchaikovsky, lead role) and Jorma Elo.
Throughout his career, Nicholas visited Denmark, England, Finland, Italy as well as Japan, Macau, Russia, Singapore and Switzerland.

Mr. Ziegler received the Pro Dance award for promising dancers in 2004 and the prestigious
Edvard Fazer award in 2008.
Today he holds the title of Lead Principal Dancer.

Alongside his active dancing, Nicholas has worked lately as a répétiteur in the Finnish National
Ballet with works by Patrice Bart, David Bintley, John Neumeier and Jerome Robbins.
During the season 2017/2018 Nicholas successfully completed his studies as Professional Teacher at the University of Applied Sciences in Hämeenlinna.
Since the funding of the Youth Company of the Finnish National Ballet in 2013, Nicholas Ziegler is part of the steering group and involved with mentoring and coaching the young artists during their first years as professionals. From season 2019/2020, Nicholas is acting as artistic coordinator of the Youth Company.

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