Giulia Gemma Manfrotto


Born in Venice (Italy). Studied at Academie Princesse Grace in Monte-Carlo (Monaco). Member of the NRW Junior Ballet since 2020.

Where are you from? Tell us about your home town or your family.
I come from Italy and was born in Venice. I lived there until I was 12 years old with my family. I have an older brother who is married and has a daughter!

When did you start to train ballet? What was your motivation to start ballet? Is there any story behind?
I started taking ballet classes when I was seven years old. My mum often brought me to watch ballet performances in La Fenice Theatre and at the Arena of Verona. Then she decided to bring me to a ballet school and the old lady, that was my mother´s  first teacher, said that with my name, Giulia Gemma, I would become a professional ballet dancer! When I started, I fell in love with it and a few years later, I realized that I wanted ballet to be a part of my whole life!

What has been your most special moment in your dance career? Is there any moment you don’t want to miss?
One very important moment, was when Luca Masala, the Director of the Academie Princesse Grace of Monaco Monte-Carlo accepted me in the school when I was 13 years old. Since then I understood that I could really become a professional ballet dancer with the help and support of this incredible academy! There I spent the most important years of my life so far!

How would you describe yourself? Where do you see yourself? In private and as an artist…
Because of my character and my passion, I’m a determined person and open to learn new things. I work a lot to arrive to my goals and I don’t put myself down. This is something that really helped me through these last years, to overcome difficulties and to grow. I see myself in a ballet company that makes me continue to grow as a dancer and as a person and that makes me express myself day by day on stage.

What has been your first experience in Dortmund? Why did you choose to come to Germany?
My first experience in Dortmund was when I auditioned for Ballett Dortmund in March 2020! The reason why I auditioned there, is because of the repertoire they do, and because they have a junior company that gives to young dancers a lot of opportunities!

What is your dream? Any role or piece you would love to dance once in your life?
My dream is to get the opportunity to dance many different ballets from different choreographers, which can give me a lot of emotions that I want to transmit to the public. There are some choreographers that I really love: William Forsythe, Alexander Ekman and Jîri Kylian!

Beside Dance – what are you interested in? Which profession would be interesting for you, if you haven’t become a professional dancer? Or what’s your favourite way to spend your free time?
Besides dancing, I’m interested in medicine. If I wasn’t a professional ballerina I would like to study at the University to become a pediatric surgeon, because I really like the idea of helping young kids!

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