Trockadero member Philip Martin-Nielson talks about overcoming autism through ballet, finding the right pointe shoe and more.
Philip Martin-Nielson has overcome more than most. He took his first ballet class at six, three years after being diagnosed with autism. After extensive therapy and the rigor of dance—it was his secret ingredient—Martin-Nielson has found his calling as a ballerina, made possible through the all-male Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The company, which excels in ballet and comedy and is led by Tory Dobrin, showcases a new production this season: La Naïade et le Pêcheur. In it, Martin-Nielson, who at 20 is the youngest in the company, graces the stage as Giannina, the true love of a fisherman.Read the full interview on Time Out New York