Francisco Gella

Francisco’s personal journey has shaped his approach to teaching and dancemaking. He got a late start and didn’t take his first dance class until age nineteen. Fighting through more than his share of obstacles and told ‘no’ more times than he can count, he’s moved on to a successful career. The struggle has motivated him to use a highly refined pedagogy with astounding results, transforming hardworking young adults into remarkable young artists regardless of body type or background, and instilling a belief in them that anything is possible with hard work, a sense of purpose, and a willingness to take risks.

Francisco's Bio
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Francisco attributes his success as an innovative award-winning choreographer to his philosophy that bridges the best of the commercial and concert (ballet, modern and contemporary) sectors of the dance world, his fifteen-year career as a professional dancer, and his belief that art transforms humanity. His lengthy list of credits include choreography for professional companies, colleges and universities, pre-professional studios and conservatories, arts high schools, and festivals. His work has gained notoriety by dancers, schools, and companies all over the globe.

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'Between the Lines'
Philadelphia, PA

Repertory Dance Theatre
Salt Lake City, UT

'The World Premiere of Solstice from Beijing 2014'
Phoenix Ballet
Beijing, China


Francisco's teaching is best described as transformational. Based on his extensive twenty-five year dance career and his background in gymnastics, his integrated teaching methodology incorporates spirituality, psychology, physiology, and kinesthetic awareness – all toward developing more holistic and versatile dancers. Whether it's modern or contemporary classes for professional companies or beginner-level ballet students, dancers are always challenged to take their dancing to a higher level.


Explore Our Programs
  • Ballet+

    Francisco Gella’s Ballet+ is more than a program, it’s a powerful idea and a transformative experience. Ballet+ is based on his extensive twenty-five year dance career and his background in gymnastics. With an integrated teaching approach, he incorporates spirituality, psychology, physiology, and kinesthetic awareness – all toward developing a holistic and versatile dancer. Taking place twice a year in Miami and Costa Rica, Ballet+ is designed to accelerate training and to assist dancers in being fully prepared and motivated for a successful summer of dance experiences – whether going to an intensive or a national competition or staying at their home studio to train. With Francisco’s guidance and knowledge, you’ll quickly become more aware of your own body.  Regardless of your own experience, you’ll do more than you knew you ever thought you could. Ballet+ will take you beyond technique to explore your limits as an artist and an athlete. Learn more about Ballet+ and register today.

  • ARIA Ballet Intensive

    The ballet art form is known for its unparalleled beauty. Classical ballet, which originated in Renaissance Italy, features light, graceful and fluid movements often occurring in the air. Welcome to Aria (Italian for ‘Air’). At Aria, you will join Francisco Gella’s outstanding faculty as they guide you through this one-of-a-kind ballet intensive. Culminating in a final performance, you should expect a packed week of classes, choreography and workshops that will tall all aspects of your dancing to another level. For dancers of any discipline, Aria will reinforce the ballet training needed to achieve impeccable technique and artistry. Produced and owned by Break The Floor Productions and directed by Francisco Gella, Aria is an annual weeklong summer program held in conjunction with Dancerpalooza on August 1-7, 2016. Online registration is available

  • 24 Seven Dance Convention

    24 Seven brings together some of the most passionate artists and educators from across the United States. Produced by Break The Floor Productions based in Los Angeles, California, the convention is hosted by more than 25 cities across North American. Each event includes top-rated workshops and master classes, and an adjudicated competition for solos and groups known for fairness and credibility in a supportive environment. As the lead ballet faculty, Francisco joins the other outstanding faculty for an inspiring and educational event for all levels and ages. More information and online registration is available at


Explore Our Events

  • July 23, 2018 - July 29, 2018

Location: San Diego, CA ARIA Ballet Intensive is an affiliate program of Francisco Gella Dance Works produced by Break The Floor. It is held in conjunction with Dancerpalooza. Francisco is the director of ARIA and a lead instructor. For more information and registration, go to   (more…)

  • August 2, 2018 - August 6, 2018

LOCATION:Gibney Dance Center, NYC Male Dancer Conference is an affiliate program of Francisco Gella Dance Works. Produced by Boys Dance Too, the four-day program features Francisco as a core faculty member in ballet. For registration and further information, go to MDC is a groundbreaking educational and social event designed exclusively for male dancers and their (more…)

  • August 14, 2018 - August 18, 2018

Salt Lake City, UT August 14-18 Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center Francisco Gella, Artistic Director Jeffrey Hoffman, Festival Director Repertory Dance Theatre, Presenting Sponsor For details and registration, go to Situated geographically between the two largest centers of dance in the United States (New York City and Los Angeles) and in a state with (more…)

  • Preprofessional Dancer Institute
    August 30, 2018 - September 3, 2018

Preprofessional Dancer Institute (PDI): For dancers with big dreams For all program details and to apply go to A focused program giving highly-motivated and serious-minded young dancers the opportunity to polish skills and prepare to gain acceptance into exceptional college dance programs and enter the world of professional dance. For dancers ages 12-18. Application deadline (more…)

Event Phone: 213-926-3861

  • Seattle Dance Advance
    November 23, 2018 - November 25, 2018

A Thanksgiving Weekend in Seattle You’ll Always Remember. Almost 30 Hours of Exceptional Training in 3 Days. Expert Faculty Mentors Led By Master Teacher Francisco Gella. All at the Beautiful Historic Studios of Cornish College of the Arts. This three-day holiday weekend intensive focuses on providing strong foundation in technique accompanied with diverse movement styles (more…)

Event Phone: 213-926-3861

  • New Year's Training Camp
    December 27, 2018 - December 29, 2018

WHILE THEY REST, YOU TRAIN.  3 Days. 27 Hours.  8 Exceptional Faculty Mentors. 1 Transformative Experience.  A rigorous and holistic intensive to accelerate training ,inspire and motivate greater individual effort, and prepare students for successful auditions, intensives, performances and competitions in the new year ahead. Frequently called a ‘breath of fresh air’ by students, parents, (more…)

The Team

Laura Greig

Communications & Promotions Manager

Francisco Gella

Chief Creative Officer

Jeffrey Hoffman

Chief Executive Officer

Yusha Sorzano

Teaching Artist

Michaela Pickett

Creative Assistant


Mascot and Manager of Client Relations

Julie Rose Friedrich

Teaching Artist

Paul Spaeth

Musician & Sound Designer

Thang Dao

Teaching Artist

Contact Francisco

For private instruction, choreography, master classes, adjudication, presentations, or any other reason, please be in touch through the online form below. Francisco looks forward to hearing from you.

Francisco Gella
1012 Marquez Place
Unit 102
Santa Fe, NM 87505

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