Julianna Donadio started her ballet studies at the Academy of Dance Arts in New Jersey where she took multiple Royal Academy of Dance exams and passed with distinction. Afterward, Julianna went on to study year round at the Joffrey Ballet School New York, The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center, and at the San Francisco Ballet School. While at the Joffrey Ballet School she performed in The Nutcracker under the guidance of Gelsey Kirkland. At the San Francisco Ballet School Julianna performed in the San Francisco Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. At the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center she studied Balanchine repertoire directly from the New York City Ballet lineage. Her summers were spent at The Juilliard School, American Ballet Theater, Complexions Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet Arizona, PNW Contemporary Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet.
Eventually, Julianna went on to become a founding member of the Ballet Arizona Studio Company and then continued on to dance with Ballet Arizona and Ballet Tucson. While at Ballet Arizona, Julianna danced in many Balanchine works under Ib Anderson’s direction such as Walpurgishnact, Four Temperaments, Serenade, Episodes, and Western Symphony. In addition, she has danced in classics and new works in professional productions such as The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Cinderella, Paquita, Gilbert and Sullivan, The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Jekyll and Hyde, Napoli, Konservatoriet, Ib Andereson’s Symphonie Classique and more. She recently performed as Myrtha in Anna Duval’s Giselle in 2023.
Julianna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with concentrations in Psychology and Sociology. She also holds a MA in Somatic Psychology and Dance Pedagogy from Middlesex University London. In addition, Julianna has two yoga certifications and is a qualified physical therapy technician. She is currently studying for her PsyD from California Southern University.
Julianna has been on faculty for four years with the Colorado Ballet and as a teacher at the University of Colorado. She has helped choreograph and stage full length productions such as Coppélia and The Sleeping Beauty at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. In addition, she has choreographed a plethora of modern dance performances for the Colorado Ballet Academy. She also prepared her students for examinations, YAGP, and Denver Ballet Guild. She has trained many students to go on to dance with the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and Denver School of the Arts to name a few. She looks forward to inspiring the next generation of dancers at Colorado Conservatory of Dance.