Gabrielle Collins is from West Hartford, Connecticut, and began her pre-professional training at the Hartt School. In 2014, she was a New York City finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix and won the gold medal at the Connecticut Classic for both the senior female and pas de deux categories. From 2014 to 2017, she danced with Atlanta Ballet II and performed leading roles including Marya in John McFall’s The Nutcracker and Russian Girl in George Balanchine’s Serenade. Additionally, she had the opportunity to be a guest dancer for the Atlanta Opera’s Romeo and Juliet. Gabrielle is an alumna of the prestigious Ballet Program at Jacob’s Pillow, where she was featured in Yury Yanowsky’s World Premiere at the opening gala in 2016. She joined Tulsa Ballet II in 2017, where she appeared in a demi-soloist role in Helen Pickett’s Meðal and in the North American Premiere of Derek Deane’s Strictly Gershwin, among many others. She also performed in works by renowned choreographers such as Ma Cong, Jennifer Archibald and Penny Saunders. When she’s not dancing, Gabrielle enjoys hiking, painting, and traveling. She is so grateful for the opportunity to join Dayton Ballet this season.
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