Childhood dreams can come true. Just ask Gilbert native Gabriella Domini.
From the moment she saw the New York City Ballet perform “The Nutcracker” during a vacation with her family, the then-9-year-old set her dreams on becoming a ballerina.
“I have a very vivid memory of one moment in the Sugar Plum pas de deux where the ballerina is balancing on one point shoe, being led across the stage by her partner, giving the illusion that she is floating,” Domini said. “In that moment, there was something special there that captivated me.”
That moment captivated Domini enough to work hard and chase her dreams.
On June 5, Domini’s hard work paid off when she was chosen as one of only eight new apprentices at the New York City Ballet, founded by legendary choreographer George Balanchine, and was presented with the 2017 Mae L. Wien award for outstanding promise.
The dancer, who attended the School of American Ballet (SAB) in New York, a feeder school into the New York City Ballet, was presented with the Mae L. Wien award onstage at the beginning of SAB’s annual Workshop Benefit performance.
After the show, Peter Martins, ballet master in chief of the New York City Ballet, gathered a small group of dancers onstage and delivered the news of the apprenticeships.
“I was completely overwhelmed with emotion,” Domini said. “My wildest dream had come true. After dedicated years of work and sacrifice, especially moving away from home, I felt that it had all culminated in that moment. It was surreal”
The hard work began in a garage dance…
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