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April Giangeruso

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 form 2001-2005 under the direction of Ludmila Morkevina. At age 11, she was awarded the Hope Award at the NYC 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.

April has performed as a guest artist at the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, Thalia Mavc Hall in Jackson, Mississippi , and the Beacon Theater in NYC. She also serves as a guest faculty at Baltimore Ballet. April has been featured on the cover of the New York Times Arts section, graced the cover of Dance Spirit magazine twice, and was featured in POINTE magazine's Dancer Spotlight.

She has been awarded many full scholarships including Royal Ballet of London, Pacific Northwest Ballet School Scholar and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. She joined ABT II in December 2007 where she performed leading roles in "Allegro Brillante", "Interplay", "Carnival in Venice" and "Swan Lake". April created a leading role in Jodie Gates, "A Taste of Sweet Velvet."

She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in January 2010 and became a member of the Corps De Ballet in June 2010. Since joining the company, April has traveled to London, Japan and Oman, as well as many national opera houses. She had a role in Demis Vcipi's "Private Light" and has performed Lead D'Jampe in "La Bayadère".

FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU SAY “CAPEZIO"

My first ballet slippers at age 5.

FAVORITE CAPEZIO ITEM

My pointe shoes!

BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER DANCERS

Everyone has something special to contribute to the art form. Never compare yourself to other dancers, beauty comes from within yourself. Watch, learn and be inspired, but never imitate. Be your own person!

UNUSUAL FACT/LOVE/HABIT/GOAL/ABILITY THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW

I am quite adventurous. Outside of ballet, I love fishing, snorkeling and rock climbing. Recently when ABT toured to Muscat, Oman, a group of dancers had the opportunity to hike through the famous Wadi Shab and go cliff jumping in water filled caves. It was super exhilarating and one of the most thrilling experiences of my life.