It’s a biggest dream of ballerinas around the world to become a principal dancer, or a soloist, in a world famous ballet company. It’s harder if you’re not born in a country where the company is originated.
Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun, or Ommi which means the rain in the winter, was born in Bangkok, Thailand. She trained at the most famous ballet school in the country named Varaporn and Kanchana Ballet School, before attending to London’s Royal Ballet School when she was 15 years old. Her dancing started to shine after winning the Adeline Genee Awards Gold Medal in 2001. Ommi became the youngest person in the competition’s history to receive the top honor.
Ommi is now a soloist at San Francisco Ballet. She was discovered by Helgi Tomasson, the artistic director of the company during her performance in Europe. In 2004, she signed a soloist contract with San Francisco Ballet. At that time, she was just 18 years old.
Ommi performed on lead roles in a variety of works, such as the Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, including Myrtha in Giselle and the pas de deux from Bintley’s The Dance House. She has been credited for her long fluid lines, musicality, and attractive stage presence.
Although Ommi left her country to live in the United States, she has never forgot Thai tradition. Everytime she was interviewed by mass media people, she always greeted people with a Wai, the Thai greeting of palms together at the chest. Ommi also loves to go back for vacation in Thailand to spend time with her family, and to discover more places in her mother country.
None of Thai ballerinas doesn’t know Ommi. She’s an idol, and absolutely is a real Thai pride.
Photograph 1 by © David Allen | San Francisco Ballet from Ballet.co.uk
Photograph 2 by © Erik Tomasson | San Francisco Ballet from Ballet.co.uk