Photo by: Ian Whalen (SemperOper Ballet)

Photo by: Ian Whalen (SemperOper Ballet)

Gianna Reisen was born in Wyckoff, New Jersey. She trained at In the Spotlight Dance Studio for four years. In 2010, she began studying at the School of American Ballet in New York and danced in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker for two years while in the children’s division. She has also performed in six of the school’s annual June Workshops, dancing works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon, and Peter Martins.

For three years, Reisen helped create works alongside her former ballet instructor, Lisa Danias, for benefit performances with the goal of raising money for causes such as Oasis: Women and Children’s Shelter and YCS: Youth Consultation Services. In the fall of 2015, she choreographed for the School of American Ballet’s Student Choreographic Workshop and presented a pas de deux called Ford’s Farm to music composed by Mason Bates. Gianna participated in the Fall Session of the New York Choreographic Institute in 2016. Her piece, titled Hexapoda, was set to music by Robert Russell Bennett.

In the spring of 2017, Reisen was offered an apprentice contract with Dresden SemperOper Ballet. She left her new job for a month and a half to create her first work, Composer’s Holiday, for the New York City Ballet’s Fall Fashion Gala (2017.) She was and remains the youngest choreographer in history to offer a ballet to NYCB’s storied repertory. After dancing in Germany for one year, she went on to create her second ballet for NYCB titled Judah which premiered in the Fall Fashion Gala (2018.) Gianna now dances with the Los Angeles Dance Project under former NYCB dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied.