Gabriella Dorman (Traverse City, MI) began her dance training at the age of 3 under Korin Drilling and Tera Garrow at The Dance Center, where she danced the lead in several DCYE productions such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Snow White, and Peter Pan. With the Dance Center she has competed at KAR and Dance Makers Inc. dance competitions, earning high awards for solo and group and two Merit Ballet Scholarships. She continued training at Interlochen Arts Academy where she danced leading roles in La Bayadère, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and Philip Jerry’s Our Town.
After graduating with honors, Ms. Dorman went on to train with Alexei Kremnev at A&A Ballet in Chicago, IL, where she danced in various new works by Alexei Kremev, Justin Allen, and Ronn Stewart, including the role of Cinderella in Kremnev’s adaptation of Cinderella. Gabriella attended various summer intensives, including ABT New York, Gelsey Kirkland Academy and Joffrey Chicago. In 2017 she attended Oklahoma City Ballet’s Summer Intensive on scholarship, then joined OKCB’s Studio Company for two years before being promoted to the Main Company. Her repertoire with the company includes Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Little Mermaid, Romeo and Juliet, Septime Webre’s Alice in Wonderland, La Sylphide, Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Helen Pickett’s Petal, Michael Pink’s Dracula, as well as new works by Penny Saunders, Robert Mills, Penny Askew, and Michael Bearden.
Gabriella enjoys teaching ballet, pointe, and repertoire to students of all ages. She has choreographed several pieces for Design Dance Company and the Dance Center in Traverse City, MI, where her choreography has placed 1st and earned Industry Dance Awards “Outstanding Recognition” for her piece “Le Temps De L’Amour” in 2021.
She is excited to be joining Visceral Dance Chicago as an apprentice and to be immersed in contemporary dance.