Gemma Bond was born in Bedfordshire, England, and trained with Sylvia Bebbs and at The Royal Ballet School. In 2000, she danced Zulme in Giselle in the School’s annual performance. Bond joined The Royal Ballet in 2000 and was promoted to first artist in 2003. Her repertory there included Olga in Onegin, Princess Stephanie in Mayerling, Clara in The Nutcracker, the Fairy of the Song Bird in The Sleeping Beauty, a Cygnet in Swan Lake, Marie in Anastasia and a Sylphide in La Sylphide. She also created a role in Poppy Ben David’s Siren Song (2000), which was part of The Royal Ballet’s The New Works.
Ms. Bond joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the Corps de Ballet in January 2008. Her repertory with the Company includes Galya in The Bright Stream, Her Other Stepsister in Cinderella, Mazurka Lady in Coppélia, Amour in Don Quixote, the Chinese Dance, Columbine, and one of the Nutcracker's Sisters in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, the Fairy of Charity in The Sleeping Beauty, a Little Swan and the Italian Princess in Swan Lake, Effie in La Sylphide, and roles in Black Tuesday, Company B and Dumbarton. She created roles of in Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, Firebird, Dumbarton, and Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once. Ms. Bond’s performances at American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Avery and Andy Barth, in recognition of former ABT dancer Carmen Barth.
Ms. Bond has created three ballets for ABT’s Choreographic Innovation Initiative, and two ballets for New York Theatre Ballet. She has made ballets for Intermezzo Ballet Company, The Hartt School, and for the 2014 YAGP Gala Performance. Ms. Bond was awarded a fellowship grant from The New Choreographic Institute in 2014 which enabled her to create a new ballet, The Giving.
Photo by Jade Young.