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April Giangeruso

April Giangeruso

Date of Birth: 4/12/1991
Hometown: Ellicott City, Maryland
Country: United States
Awards: Margaret King Moore Dancer Award, 2013…See more.

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Biography

April Giangeruso, born in Washington, D.C., began her early training in her hometown of Ellicott City, Maryland. At age 9, she received a full scholarship to the Kirov Academy of Ballet where she studied from 2001-2005 under the direction of Ludmila Morkovina. At age 11, she was awarded the Hope Award at the New York City finals of Youth America Grand Prix. She also studied with Valentina Kozlova and at age 15, was the youngest female finalist at the 2006 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. She has performed as a guest artist at the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, Mississippi and the Beacon Theater in New York City.

Giangeruso has been awarded full scholarships to The Royal Ballet of London, Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet and Boston Ballet. She has attended the ABT Summer Intensives as a National Training Scholar, and in September 2007 she joined the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT. She joined ABT II (now the ABT studio Company) in December 2007 where she performed leading roles in Allegro Brillante, Interplay, Carnival in Venice and Swan Lake. Giangeruso created a leading role in Jodie Gates’ A Taste of Sweet Velvet.

Giangeruso joined the main Company as an apprentice in January 2010 and the corps de ballet in June 2010. Her repertory includes a Shade and lead D’Jampe in La Bayadère, the Fairy Winter in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Zulma in Giselle, one of the Nutcracker’s sisters in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a Carnival Dancer in Othello, the Fairy Violante (Temperament) and the Silver Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, the Polish Princess and a big swan in Swan Lake, leading roles in Bach Partita and The Brahms-Haydn Variations and roles in AfterEffect, Company B, Private Light, Raymonda Divertissements and Sinfonietta, as well as roles in all the Company’s full-length ballets.

Dance Genres/Specialties
Ballet


Awards

  • Finalist, USA International Ballet Competition, 2006
  • Dance Spirit Cover Model Search Winner, 2006
  • Hope Award, Youth America Grand Prix, 2002
  • ABT National Training Scholar

Accomplishments
“Fulfilling my lifelong dream of dancing with American Ballet Theatre.
Graduating high school 1st in my class at 16 years old.
Being selected to star in the main title sequence of Starz’s miniseries Flesh and Bone. ”

FUN FACTS

First thing that comes to mind when you say “CAPEZIO”
“I love Capezio because I can always find what I’m looking for! Leotards, shoes, accessories, you name it. I have to single out my pointe shoes especially as a reason I love Capezio because they are the most important commodity that a professional female ballet dancer relies on. I have worn the same pointe shoe for over 10 years, and still love them! Yolaine Aprea is a lifesaver and works with me to keep my shoe just how I like them!”

Favorite “CAPEZIO” item
My pointe shoes of course! I can’t live without them!

Advice to other dancers…
Let’s face it, dance is both extremely enjoyable and frustrating at times. The most important thing to remember is the personal reason that you want to dance. Dancing is first and foremost something that should make your soul happy, it should give you a feeling that makes you want to produce beautiful art. Only then can you translate your art to an audience. Dancers that rely on deep introspection and draw from experiences and feelings are the people who can convey the truest emotions.

Unusual fact/love/habit/goal/ability that other people might not know about…
“Hmmmm…I love fishing! I find it relaxing and fun, a great way to spend a day. I’m also a big Baltimore sports fan, go Orioles and Ravens!

I am currently in the process of developing an activewear line. I have always had a passion for this type of clothing.”

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