Isabella Gasparini

Isabella Gasparini, photo Justin Slee.

Isabella left the Company in May 2013 and since January 2014 has been dancing with the Royal Ballet.

Isabella is from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She joined Northern Ballet in 2007 having trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, Ballet Marcia Lago and Toshie Kobayashi Brazil.

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Favourite Roles

The Sylph, La Sylphide; Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy, The Nutcracker; Cecile, Dangerous Liaisons; Odilia, Swan Lake.

Career highlights

Awarded gold medal in the Youth America Grand Prix, New York, 2003; joining Northern Ballet, guesting at the World Ballet Stars Gala in Kiev, 2009; dancing the Don Quixote pas de deux and the role of Sugar Plum Fairy. Being promoted to coyphée in 2011.

Where were you born and raised?

Sao Paulo, Brazil

When did you join Northern Ballet?


Where did you do your training?

I graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School, also trained with Ballet Marcia Lago and Toshie Kobayashi in Brazil. 

What made you want to be a dancer?

My mother was a professional dancer and introduced me to ballet when I was very young. She opened a ballet school, where I started my training.

What would be your dream role to dance and why?

Juliet, it would be a great challenge to portray her, I love the story and I enjoy the dramatic roles.

If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?

A Brazilian folk tale.

Who are your artistic influences or heroes?

My mum has always influenced and inspired me. She is my greatest mentor.

Describe your perfect Sunday morning.

Watching TV and going for a swim at the gym.

What would be your luxury item on a desert island?


What are you favourite places in Yorkshire?

York, I love to have afternoon Tea at Betty’s.