Born and raised in Columbus Ohio, Xavier Pugliese-Ciulei began taking ballet when he was fourteen. He danced at both Columbus Dance Arts Academy and Dublin Dance Centre and Gymnastics for two years. In 2017 he participated in Burklyn Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive and joined the BalletMet Academy that fall. He has attended BalletMet’s summer intensive every year since, and was a trainee in BalletMet’s trainee program for four years. In BalletMet’s 2021/2022 season, Xavier’s final year as a trainee, he was asked to participate in BalletMet 2 classes, rep and shows, and earned roles in BalletMet’s productions of The Nutcracker and Giselle, as well as understudying multiple roles in their production of Cinderella.
He is extremely excited and grateful for his first season as a member of BalletMet 2.