Victoria Fornelli

Chicago and Naperville Dance Faculty

Victoria began her ballet training with Sherry Moray at the Von Heidecke School of ballet at age 12. Continuing her studies with Artistic Director Wes Chapman and Roger Van Fleteren as a member of The Alabama Ballet, Victoria was a semi-finalist at the 1998 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1998, she accepted an invitation from Kevin McKenzie to join American Ballet Theatre. Her work with the company included Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, La Sylphide, Le Corsaire, Romeo & Juliet, La Bayadere, Etudes, Gaite Parisienne, Fall River Legend, Symphonie Concertante, Anastasia, The Snow Maiden, Diversion of Angels and Tharp's Push Comes to Shove. Victoria later danced on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera and portrayed the role of Emily in the major motion picture, 'Center Stage'. She has been teaching in the Chicago area since 2004.


In 2014, Victoria accepted an invitation from Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik to join the faculty of the Joffrey Academy where she spent three years in the pre-professional ballet division.
During her career, Victoria has had the pleasure of working one on one with such names as Cynthia Harvey, Wes Chapman, Robert Hill, Natalia Krassovska, Gloria Govrin, Septime Webre and Roger Van Fleteren to name a few. Former private lesson students are now dancing in professional companies.