Riccardo Battaglia (Pescara, Italy) began dancing at the age of eight at Scuola D’Arte New Step in his hometown. He is a three-time winner of the “Expressions” competition held in Florence as part of the Danzainfiera event and also won the Tip Tap Show competition in Rome. Mr. Battaglia trained at The Ailey School as a scholarship student, where he performed in the 2011 and 2012 Ailey at the Apollo galas. He has worked with choreographers including Matthew Rushing, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Robert Battle, Jennifer Archibald, Kate Skarpetowska, Manuel Vignoulle and Ryan Heffington. Mr. Battaglia has been a member of Elisa Monte Dance and Ailey II and he also performed with Lydia Johnson Dance, Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance, CelloPointe, Rebecca Kelly Ballet and Jennifer Muller The Works. He has danced in the 2015 #ENDHIV New York Gala, Moncler's 2016 NY Fashion Week and KenzoxH&M Fashion Show and was featured in commercials for Quaker Oatmeal and Swarovski. Mr. Battaglia is on faculty at The Ailey Extension in New York and the Joffrey Ballet School in Chicago and has taught in several dance studios around the United States and Italy. He’s currently dancing with Visceral Dance Chicago.