Interview with Gianna Martello

Glitter recently sat down with Gianna Martello, who is best known for her work on Lifetime’s hit series, Dance Moms. Gianna has been choreographing routines for the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) since she was sixteen-years-old. She has been a part of the faculty at the ALDC for 11 years, and has been a guest instructor and judge around the world on competition circuits. We sat down with her to talk about the Abby Lee Dance Company, who she’s choreographed for in the past, who she’d love to choreograph for in the future, best advice she was ever given, and her upcoming projects. Read on to find out more about this talented dancer and choreographer.


Photo credit: Ryan West


GLITTER: How old were you when you first started dancing?
GIANNA: I started dancing when I was four-years-old in a tiny church basement. A few years later I moved to the Abby Lee Dance Company and joined the dance company when I was ten.


GLITTER: Does anyone else in your family dance professionally?
GIANNA: Basically every female in my family has danced but my cousin Alyssa Guerrieri does dance professionally! I like to think I taught her everything she knows! Ha!


GLITTER: How long have you been choreographing for the Abby Lee Dance Company?
GIANNA: I have been choreographing and teaching at the ALDC since I was sixteen. When I was still in high school I would either teach the younger kids or assist Abby. It wasn’t until I graduated that I got to teach the more advanced students and choreograph my own routines.

Dance Moms: Who Gets a Solo? (S5, E26) | Lifetime

Gianna explains how the girls will prep for Nationals with solo week in this scene from Season 5 Episode 26, “Where in the World is Abby Lee Miller?”


GLITTER: What’s it like to work with Abby?
GIANNA: Crazy! You never know which Abby you’re going to get!  She’s known for creating controversial pieces that push the envelope. She’ll spill me her idea then I will take it and run with it. To this day, she says I’m the only person she’s worked with that can read her mind!


GLITTER:How would you describe Abby in one word?
GIANNA: Generous.


GLITTER: How would you describe yourself in one word?
GIANNA: Devoted.


GLITTER: Who are some celebrities that you’ve choreographed for in the past?
GIANNA: The ALDC recently shot a dance video for Meghan Trainor.  We didn’t actually get to meet her, but I believe the video was featured on her social media. I’ve choreographed videos for two girls on Dance Moms: Mackenzie Ziegler and Kendall Vertes.

Me Too (Dance Video)

Uploaded by Abby Lee Miller on 2016-05-16.

GLITTER: What has been your career highlight so far?
GIANNA: Definitely Dance Moms, and I know this is just the beginning! Getting to see the girls improve and win week after week is always a new highlight!


GLITTER: Who would you love to choreograph for in the future?
GIANNA: A huge tour for Selena Gomez or Meghan Trainor would be AMAZING, but I would also like to choreograph a concert or video for artists not so mainstream  like Ingrid Michelson, Rachael Sage or Sara Bareilles.


GLITTER: What do you like doing in your free time?
GIANNA: Shopping! Getting my nails done, going out to eat, finding new music.


GLITTER: Best advice you’ve ever been given?
GIANNA: “Do you.”


GLITTER: Do you have any upcoming projects you can tell us about?
GIANNA: We start filming season 7 of Dance Moms in September! Until then I am traveling all over the US teaching and enjoying some time off!


GLITTER: How can your fans follow you?
GIANNA: On Twitter, I’m @giaabella and on Instagram I’m @gmartello22!