Montes Pirtle has studied and performed with dance schools across the US such as, Ballet Chicago, Visceral Dance, Dance 360, Dance Theater of Harlem, and The Alvin Ailey School. He began his ballet training at Ballet Chicago. While fairly new to ballet, Montes is well versed in other dance forms. During his time at Ballet Chicago, he learned and performed excerpts including a solo from Stars and Stripes, George Balanchine’s Square Dance, and also learned and performed Mr. Duell’s Summer Finale piece entitled Buoyant Bach. In The Nutcracker he performed in the Russian section.
In the summer of 2017, while studying under the tutelage of Daniel Duell. Montes stepped in as a teacher of Lester Horton Technique for Ballet Chicagos’ Summer Intensive students. Montes took on this responsibility and demonstrated a gift for teaching.
After Ballet Chicago, he left to pursue modern and contemporary dance at The Alvin Ailey School, where he completed three years as a scholarship student, graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. He worked with world renowned choreographers and former principal dancers including Judith Jamison, Robert Battle, Robert Garland, Ray Mercer, Renee Robinson, and Jacqulyn Buglisi. He was honored to perform at The David H. Koch Theater/Lincoln Center and The New York City Center. As a freelancer, he worked with Nadege Hottier, a former soloist with several European companies including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Bonn, and Oper Leipzig.
We are excited to welcome Monte in his first season with Ballet Virginia.