Brianna Guagliardo 2020 Model Search Winner

Model Search 2020 Winner
Brianna Guagliardo, The Art of Classical Ballet

Brianna was chosen from over 100 beautiful ballet dancers to participate in a modeling photoshoot with our sponsor - world renowned ballet photographer, Gene Schiavone. Her beautiful images will be featured in's marketing and online store as our Official Model.

As part of her Model Search Winner Prize Package, Brianna receives a custom-designed ensemble valued over $1000. Follow her design journey in her Building My Dream Tutu Blog - coming soon.

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Brianna Guagliardo of West Palm Beach, Florida began her training in classical ballet at the age of 10 after deciding she preferred to dedicate hours of training in a studio over hours of training at the piano; which she had be training since the age of 4. Serious ballet training with an emphasis on a possible professional career began at the age of 12 when she joined The Art of Classical Ballet under the direction of Artistic Director Magaly Suarez.

It was at The Art of Classical Ballet that her true love for classical ballet came to the surface. After training for two years, she auditioned for various summer intensives where she received full scholarships and chose to attend SFB 2018 Summer Intensive which was the right fit for her at the time. Following the summer of 2018 Brianna, began to train for YAGP 2019. She competed at the regionals in Tampa, Florida and placed Top 12 Classical and 3rd Place Contemporary. She was invited to the YAGP 2019 Finals in NYC where she placed top 25 and was invited to perform in the final round at Lincoln Center. It was the magical experience of performing at Lincoln Center that reconfirmed her passion for ballet and making all the hours of training worth it.

Following her performance at the YAGP 2019 Finals in NYC, she was offered a So Dancer position with the industry leading dance apparel company SoDanca; which was also a perfect fit having modeled for Ford Kids from the age of 5 to 8.

Brianna is continuing her training as a preprofessional at The Art of Classical Ballet where she has performed with The Florida Classical Ballet's The Nutcracker as Clara for two consecutive years, Coppelia Wedding Pas de Deux and Lilac Fairy; as well as other classical ballets including Paquita, Raymonda and Swan Lake.

She is looking forward to 2020 with her continued duties as a SoDancer, competing at YAGP 2020, representing as their Official Model, and preparing for another exciting year in the world of ballet.


About Our Sponsor
Gene Schiavone

Gene Schiavone is a world renowned ballet photographer with a studio designed especially for Professional Ballet Photography in Naples, FL. Gene is staff photographer for American Ballet Theatre. He's had the privilege of photographing many of the world’s principal dancers, his personal goal to expand that body of work and in some small way leave tangible evidence of the beauty they created. He also enjoys collaborating with the next generation of aspiring ballet students to create artistic images and a photographic experience beneficial to their development as performing artists. Learn more about Gene and book your own photoshoot at


Behind the Scenes

We sure had fun getting to know Brianna in January 2020 during her Gene Schiavone modeling photoshoot. Believe it or not, hard work goes into capturing beautiful photographs! After eight hours of artistic collaboration, we captured some stunning photographs to celebrate what we love to do - make one-of-a-kind tutus! Many thanks to Brianna, her mom Fabiana and Gene Schiavone for a wonderful day in's history.

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