Mikko Nissinen

Mikko Nissinen is recognized internationally as an accomplished dancer, teacher and artistic director. He was appointed Artistic Director of Boston Ballet and Boston Ballet School in 2001. Born in Helsinki, Finland, Nissinen began his dance training at age ten with The Finnish National Ballet School and joined the company at age 15. He continued his studies at The Kirov Ballet School, and danced with Dutch National Ballet, Basel Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, where he held the position of principal dancer for ten years. Nissinen formerly directed the Marin Ballet and Alberta Ballet, in Calgary, Canada.