Gemma Freitas Bender



Dancer: Recipient of the Princess Grace USA award, recipient of the Dizzy Feet Scholarship, toured with Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, co-created the company Alpha, created for Cleveland Public Theatre’s Danceworks series, The WAKE film, received a BFA from The Juilliard School.



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Gemma Freitas Bender, from Buffalo, New York, is a 2014-2015 recipient of the Princess Grace USA Award, and a graduate of The Juilliard School.

At Juilliard, Gemma had the opportunity to study a plethora of styles. She performed repertoire by Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Eliot Feld, and Murray Louis, as well as new choreographies by Monica Bill Barnes, Emery LeCrone, Darrel Grand Moultrie and Larry Keigwin. She has performed as part of the Guggenheim Museum’s Works and Process, at The Chicago Dance Festival, and the Dizzy Feet Gala, in LA. During her time at Juilliard she was also very involved in workshops, performing works of other students, as well as her own.

Following graduation, Gemma joined Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal where she had the privilege to travel throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, performing works by Andonis Foniadakis, Barak Marshall, Wen Wei Wang, and Rodrigo Pederneiras. She was fortunate to fulfill her teaching passion as well, conducting masterclasses in various cities.

In 2016, Gemma received a choreographic grant through Cleveland Public Theatre’s DanceWorks to create and perform an original work, and is now honored to be a new member of GroundWorks DanceTheater.