Hairy Parody: All-male ballet troupe brings its unique vision of ballet to Columbus

Written for CityScene Magazine, January 2010

The ballerinas of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo are stunning. They move around stage with the grace of the gods. They clad in frilly pink tutus and wear pearls around their necks.

With all the work they put into their costumes, you might not even notice the underarm hair, chest hair, and impressive biceps. But you probably will.

The group is scheduled to hit Columbus Jan. 28, having been brought in by CAPA.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, affectionately known as the Trocks, was founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts who wanted a playful and comic twist on classical ballet. An all-male group of professional dancers, they perform the classics – from Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to Harlequinade and Raymonda’s Wedding – as hilarious parodies.

Despite it’s name, the group does not hail from Monaco – or for that matter, from anywhere in Europe. It has been based in New York since it began putting on performances 37 years ago.

The group has been internationally praised and has performed in more than 30 countries and 500-plus cities worldwide, and is received everywhere with warm reception, according to it’s website.

“We have actually been looking to book the Trocks for about four years now, but their tour routing never worked out,” says Rich Corsi, CAPA director of programming. “Their booking agent called me the second she knew Columbus was a possibility this year, and we had the deal done within 24 hours.”

These men are highly trained in the art of ballet and have sacrificed long hours for their craft sos they can wow audiences with their talent. The subtle humor of seeing a burly man prance around in tights, dressed like a fairy or a delicate princess, doesn’t take away from the fact that these men can really dance.

After their trip through Columbus and Cleveland, the Trocks will hit a few more U.S. states before moving on to Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Japan.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will perform Jan. 28 at the Palace Theatre in downtown Columbus. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets range from $20 to $35. They can be purchased via CAPA’s website,; by calling CAPA at 614-469-0939 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000; or in person at the CAPA box office, 39 E. State St.

More information on Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo can be found on the group’s website,


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