“Does Nina Minimaximova care to Dance with Victor Trevino?” That’s the question on everyone’s lips! Les Ballets Grandiva, founded in 1996 by Victor Trevino, is an all-male ballet company where Trevino himself dances under the stage name of Nina Minimaximova.
On her third divorce, the toast of Paris, St. Petersburg, Tokyo and Long Island, Minimaximova reigned supreme on the stages of the world’s greatest theatres until her forced retirement by jealous detractors and a public with taste.
However, boredom and the unquenchable thirst for fame, applause, glamour, and a paycheck enticed her to once again cram her feet into tight hard pink satin shoes and defy critics who claim talent is an integral part of artistry.
Ms Minimaximova now gladly occupies the turban, sitting roles made famous by ballerinas of a certain age and with such has found a new adoring audience, which she hopes, with enough stalking, to make hers. The dizzying champagne of success has not gone to mademoiselle’s head, for she remains an uncompromising artist, an active society figure, a mentor, and a psychic phone line operator.
In case you’re wondering, the answer is; yes there are gender-specific titles for ballet dancers.
In Italian, a ballerina is a female dancer and for males, it is a ballerino!
Interestingly it was a comment of “tired of seeing short dancers” that spurned bellerino, Victor Trevino, to find a niche where his smaller stature is an asset as there are very few jobs for shorter men.
Comedy ballet is a genre that combines being technically sound with an almost immediate interaction by getting the live audience to laugh and applaud.
“Dancing in drag is at first very challenging as I didn’t have a background in theatre or mime; only dance. I learned by performing and watching for the audience’s response which shaped my performances,” said Victor.
He started dancing in Male Comedy Ballet in 1986 with Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo for almost ten years and got to dance most of the leading roles including the Black Swan Pas de Deux with Julio Bocca. Mind you, that was long before Natalie Portman even knew who Odile was.
After that Victor held the position as founder and artistic director of Les Ballets Grandiva for thirteen years. A brief two years respite to care for his ailing mother until her demise allowed Victor to marshal his thoughts together and to return to his first love which is dance.
He returned as LES BALLETS ELOELLE Artistic Director/Founder of Les Ballets Eloelle, Men in Tutus and Men in Pink Tights.
“El is the Spanish word for him, O is actually the word for or, and Elle is the French word for her. The name loosely translates to “him or her,” which is the essence of our comedic ballet company” Victor explained.
MEN IN TUTUS MISSION
Whether in classical or contemporary dance, the mission for Men in Tutus is to combine strong dance presence with fun elements to entertain audiences and, ultimately, to make people laugh and enjoy themselves.
Those with a background for the dance will appreciate the show on a different level without getting caught up in the technicalities of the dance.
Victor has created various works and has staged numerous classical duets and solos. The works include Romeo and Juliet, Le Petite Nutcracker Suite, Spartacus, Swan Lake Act II, Bolero, Near the Middle Somewhat Below, Love Wrongs, Peridot, Minkus Gala, Pocahontas Pas, Dracula and The Changing Room and many more.
Victor’s extensive career as a Ballerina includes most of the great female leads such as Odette, Odile, Giselle, Kitri, Aurora, Sugar Plum Fairy, Juliet and Carmen.
He is currently the artistic advisor for New England Ballet and is the Performance Coordinator and Liaison for Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Combining the beauty of dance with the venerable tradition of travesty ballet, Men in Tutus has established a reputation as one of the world’s most accomplished comic dance troupes. The troupe has been hailed as virtuosic, freshly funny and inventive.
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