Gia Mongell is from John’s Creek, Georgia and attended Blessed Trinity Catholic High School. Gia’s passion for dance began at age three and she soon joined the Atlanta Dance Theater under the direction of Jonnie Kelley where she trained in ballet, jazz, tap and modern. During her summers she participated in many intensives such as the Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Movement Invention Project, Broadway Theatre Project, ARCHcore40, Keigwin&Company and with Twyla Tharp. Her choreography has been displayed at multiple donor events as well as in the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre as a part of the Juilliard Choreographic Honors performance held in May. Gia is passionate about bringing art to communities that may otherwise have no access. For three years Gia taught Combining Literacy in Musical Beginnings to the siblings of Juilliard pre-college students. She organized the 2012-13 Juilliard outreach trip to New Orleans, and was a Juilliard GLUCK fellow where she conducted interactive performances in NYC healthcare facilities. Upon her graduation at Juilliard, Gia received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and was awarded the Joseph W. Polisi Prize at Juilliard's 2014 commencement ceremony, for exemplifying the school's values of the "artist as citizen." In her spare time, Gia enjoys taking voice lessons and event planning. She is currently living in NYC and looks forward to being a part of the brand new Broadway musical An American in Paris, choreographed and directed by Christopher Wheeldon, which will debut in Paris in December of 2014 and open on Broadway in March of 2015. Gia would like to thank her friends and family for their constant love and support.
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