Isabella Gasparini

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet


Brazilian dancer Isabella Gasparini is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company in January 2014 as an Artist, promoted to First Artist in 2016, Soloist in 2019 and First Soloist in 2023. 

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), Odile (Swan Lake), Beatrice (Ondine), 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 The Fairy Spring and The Fairy Autumn (Cinderella), Clara and Rose Fairy (The Nutcracker), Princess Florine and Fairy of the Song Bird (The Sleeping Beauty), Blue Girl (Les Patineurs), Amour (Don Quixote), Neapolitan and Prince Siegfried's Sister (Swan Lake), Princess Stephanie and Princess Louise (Mayerling), Justine (Frankenstein), Zulme (Giselle), Vera (A Month in the Country) and in ‘Emeralds’ (Jewels), Light of Passage, Woolf Works, Rhapsody, Scènes de ballet, Solo Echo, Viscera and The Dante Project. She has created roles in Flight Pattern, Untouchable, Symphonic Dances, Corybantic Games, Woolf Works and Chencha in Like Water for Chocolate. Her awards include gold medal in the 2003 Youth America Grand Prix. 

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