A native of Venezuela, Gianni Di Marco began his dance training in 1981 in the Professional Division of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in Canada. He has also studied with The National Ballet of Canada, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and in Banff.
Di Marco joined Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1988 and was promoted to second soloist in 1990 and then first soloist the following year. He joined Boston Ballet in 1995, retiring in 2005. Di Marco has also danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Germany’s Opera Leipzig Ballet. Providence audiences have been delighted by his guest appearance with Festival Ballet Providence, including Gamache in Don Quixote and the King in The Princess and the Pea.
Di Marco has created a number of works for a variety of institutions throughout the region, including many Boston Ballet fundraising galas, such as Dance on the Top Floor and Raw Dance. Di Marco’s short works—Killing Time, Amphibious Love and Gracias a La Vida—have been performed for Festival Ballet Providence’s Up CLOSE, on HOPE series. His previous commissions by Festival Ballet Providence include Schéhérazade (2005), Azucar (2006) and El Amor Brujo (2007).
Di Marco was named principal of City Dance in 2005, Boston Ballet’s outreach program which affects more than 3,000 Boston public school children a year, and he also teaches Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance Program, created for children with Down Syndrome. He has recently started a new program for kids with Autism. He is co-artistic director of The Boston Conservatory’s Summer Dance Intensive.