Gemma Bond (CBA ’18) was born in Bedfordshire, England and began her ballet training with Sylvia Bebbs. She trained at the Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet rising to the rank of first artist. Since joining American Ballet Theatre in 2008 as a member of the corps de ballet, Bond has danced works ranging from Ashton to Balanchine, Morris to Tharp, and created featured roles in works by Alexei Ratmansky and Liam Scarlett, among others. Bond got her first taste of choreography at 13 when she competed in the Royal Ballet’s Sir Kenneth Macmillan Choreographic Competition. From 2010 to the present, she has created three new ballets for ABT’s Innovation Initiative as well as works for Atlanta Ballet, New York Theater Ballet, Intermezzo Ballet Company, the Hartt School, the Joyce Theater, Ballet Sun Valley, and the Washington Ballet. Her choreography has been performed at the prestigious Erik Bruhn Competition, the Youth America Grand Prix Gala, the 92nd Street Y, The Joyce, Jacob’s Pillow, and she has worked on commercial projects with 1stAveMachine. In 2014, she was awarded the fellowship grant from the New York Choreographic Institute (an affiliate of New York City Ballet) and she has also received grants from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Bond was a 2017-2018 New York City Center Choreography Fellow, the recipient of a 2017 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship, and the 2017 Clive Barnes Dance Award Winner.
American Ballet Theatre nominated Gemma to serve as an Artistic Partnership Initiative Fellow in Summer 2018.
The Artistic Partnership Initiative is a joint initiative between The Center and major professional dance companies around the world to advance the art of choreography. The API Fellowship gives artists selected by the companies the full resources of The Center and NYU for a 3-4 week residency to develop new work.