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Injured Noted Ballet Dancer On The Comeback Trail

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NEW YORK - May 25, 2019 - EntSun -- Acclaimed Italian dancer, Antonio Mannino, who was injured in a 2018 ballet performance, while performing with Ballet Hispanico in New York dislocating his left shoulder 7 times, tearing his labrum and fracturing his glenoid is returning to the craft following successful shoulder surgery and rehabilitation, his artistic manager Wayne Gasser of The Gasser Group said at a New York press briefing on May 24.

Mannino was a dancer with Chicago's Joffrey Ballet and has performed to much acclaim on stages in the United States and around the world.  In a recent interview Mannino said he is now fully recovered and will continue his dance career and pursue acting opportunities in New York, where he is now based.

Antonio Mannino is an Italian performance artist who specializes in dance and acting. At the age of 13 he won the first prize in the international ballet competition Sicilian, which allowed him to train and work with the star of Italian Ballet Carla Fracci in the Nutcracker. That also led to a scholarship with the prestigious Rome Opera House Ballet school. He went on to train in the best schools — academies such as the John Cranko School in Stuttgart and the noted La Scala Ballet School in Milan, from which he graduated in 2015.

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Mannino continued his training in the United Kingdom at Northern Ballet where he had the opportunity to work with both Northern Ballet and the BBC in the filming of the children's ballet Tortoise and the Hare  which was released in cinemas in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany and Australia.

Antonio later joined Teatrul de Balet Sibiu in Romania as a company dancer where he excelled. With the Teatrul he toured Europe and performed soloist roles in Fairy Doll, Paquita and Anna Karenina as well as corps de ballet roles in the classical repertoire in Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Giselle. The following year he joined Chicago's Joffrey Ballet, America's foremost ballet company, where he performed soloist and principal roles in Napoli and Viva Vivaldi. Antonio was chosen by three emerging choreographers in the Winning Works Program of the Joffrey Ballet. In Chicago he also worked with the renowned Canadian artist Brendan Fernandes in his piece Master and the Form. New York's Ballet Hispánico offered him a contract in 2018; he toured nationally and internationally with the company performing works by well-known choreographers such as Annabel López Ochoa (Sobrerissimo) , Eduardo Vilaro (Danzón) and Michelle Manzales (Con Brazos Abiertos ) and Pedro Ruiz (Club Havana).

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Antonio performed the masterpiece Carmen Maquia by the Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano at New York's storied Apollo Theatre that has seen artists like Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson. He danced at Vail Dance Festival in Colorado, one of the biggest dance festivals in the United States alongside Isabella Boylston and Herman Cornejo, principal dancers with the American Ballet Theatre, and Fall for Dance, the main New York City dance festival that has presented over 200 companies to a cumulative audience on nearly 300,000 people. Antonio later danced at the United Nations for the Hispanic Leadership Summit.

Mannino is fluent in Italian, English, Spanish and German. He worked as an interpreter for the Italian enterprise Abaco and these skills have helped in all his pursuits, especially acting. Following his injury in 2018 Antonio continued dancing for months until he underwent corrective surgery in New York in February of 2019. Antonio is thrilled to get back to work and continue his artistic journey in the United States.

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