Brazilian dancer Isabella Gasparini becomes a First Artist of The Royal Ballet from the start of the 2016/17 Season. She joined the Company in January 2014.
Gasparini was born in São Paulo and trained at Ballet Marcia Lago (her mother’s school), with Toshie Kobayashi and at Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined Northern Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to coryphée in 2011. Roles with the company included Clara and Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Cecile (Dangerous Liaisons), pas de deux (Don Quixote) and roles in Beauty and the Beast and Perpetuum mobile. She created the title role in Ugly Duckling, Northern Ballet’s first children's ballet. Gasparini left Northern Ballet in May 2013 to dance with English National Ballet in Swan Lake in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall and The Nutcracker. She has also danced extensively with New English Ballet Theatre, for which she created the role of Wife in Andrew McNichol’s The Kreutzer Sonata.
Gasparini’s Royal Ballet roles have included pas de six (Giselle) and with the corps de ballet in productions including The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and The Winter’s Tale. She has created roles in Untouchable and Woolf Works. Her awards include gold medal in the 2003 Youth America Grand Prix.
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