Laszlo Berdo was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he began taking tap classes at the age of five. At age 11 his mother brought him to a local audition for a production of The Nutcracker. Initial resistance turned into a life-long passion once Berdo performed on stage for the first time.
Directly following graduation from the National Academy of the Arts in Urbana, IL, Berdo began his rise through the ranks of American ballet companies, beginning as a corps de ballet member at Ballet Austin, and ending his twenty year career as a principal dancer with the prestigious Boston Ballet under the direction of Bruce Marks.
During the course of his career, Berdo danced soloist and principal roles in a diverse repertoire of works from the great classics of Marius Petipa and August Bournonville, to modern and contemporary works by such notable choreographers as Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, and Eliot Feld, to neoclassical works of choreographers such as George Balanchine, Ben Stevenson, and John Cranko. Berdo has performed leading roles in all three of Cranko’s story ballets: Romeo and Juliet, the Taming of the Shrew, and Eugene Onegin, in which he premiered the lead role in the United States.
After retiring from performance, Berdo began his teaching career at the Boston Conservatory and Harvard University. Berdo was hired as a choreographer and teacher for the renowned ballet school Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, where he remained on faculty for 10 years. Many of CPYB’s top students trained privately with Berdo, and his former students dance with such prestigious companies as New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet and many more.
Mr. Berdo has created numerous short works that have been performed by companies such as Boston Ballet, the Norwegian National Ballet, and the Finnish National Ballet. Berdo’s work Four Hands was commissioned by Boston Ballet and became a staple in the company’s repertoire for several years. Most recently, Berdo choreographed his Carnival of the Animals, which premiered in 2011 in a joint performance of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Harrisburg Symphony; by popular demand, it was performed again the following year. Berdo has also choreographed his Snow White (2008) and Peter Pan (2009) for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and staged the full length classic, Swan Lake (2011).
Having studied under former Eglevsky Ballet dancers, Berdo is honored to continue the tradition of Ballet on Long Island begun by Andre Eglevsky.