Joseph Massarelli

Joseph Massarelli

Grand sujet

Joseph Massarelli was born and raised in Elk Grove Village, Illinois and attended The Chicago Academy for the Arts from 2010 until graduating in 2014. While a student at The Academy, Joseph trained in Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Pas de deux, Repertoire, and Choreography. In addition to his basic training, he also worked closely with Dance Department Chair, Randy Duncan, helping stage his works on the students of The Academy. Throughout his time at The Academy, Joseph danced numerous works by Randy Duncan, Johnathan Alsberry, and countless other choreographers. Aside from the training he received at the school, he also attended many summer programs in New York City, London, Amsterdam, Houston, and Salt Lake City. 

In the final year of attending The Academy, Joseph qualified for the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City, where he received an offer to attend the Dutch National Ballet Summer Course in Amsterdam. Following his participation in the summer course, Joseph was offered a position as a guest student at the Dutch National Ballet Academy where he furthered his training in Classical Ballet, Modern, Repertoire, and Partnering. Following the last performance of the Dutch National Ballet Academy’s school end performance, Joseph was offered a contract with the Junior Company where he would later perform with the main company and in a touring program with the Junior Company.

Since joining the company, Joseph has danced featured roles in ballets from George Balanchine, Alexei Ratmansky, William Forsythe, and David Dawson amongst others. Since 2019 Joseph has been a Grand Sujet with the company and wants to continue working with a wide range of choreographers and artists. There is still so much that he wishes to accomplish and he hopes to continue to give back to the arts in any way possible.

Last update: 19 September 2022


With Dutch National Ballet since: 

Place of birth: 
Elk Grove Village Illinois (USA)

Career with Dutch National Ballet: 
grand sujet (2019), coryphée (2017), élève (2016), Junior Company (2015).

Chicago Academy for the Arts (USA), Dutch National Ballet Academy (Amsterdam, the Netherlands).


  • 2019 and 2020: honourable mentions in the category ‘Outstanding performance by a male dancer’ in the Critic’s Choice of Dance Europe.
  • 2017: honourable mention for his performance in Citizen Nowhere in the Critic’s Choice of Dance Europe.
  • 2014: 1st prize in the category ‘modern’ and 2nd prize in the category ‘classic’ in the Youth America Grand Prix.
  • 2014: Grand Prix in the regional competition (USA).