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Interview: Model/Dancer Giada Primiano (Iatly)

Can you tell us a little about you?

I’m Giada Primiano, 27, and I’m a professional dancer, choreographer, high school ballet teacher, and photomodel. I’d had this dream to become a dancer ever since I can remember, and I made fundamental choices to make it come true. When I was 15, I moved, by myself, from a small town to Italy’s capital, and from there my exciting journey has begun. Among difficulties and successes, I’ve been filling up my suitcase ever since.

If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

Many times, during my life I’ve wished I could change a part of my body, or my physical skills as a dancer. Only time helped me understand that those same physical limits brought me to realize what the true profound sense of ballet’s principles is, and brought me to touch the chords of the truthfulness of movement. This gave me the invaluable gift of never judging by surfaces and shapes- which can often times be actually empty-, but filling instead with concrete significance, quality, and emotion every single cell of my body. I’ve also learned to love myself; self-acceptance gave me the power to get through to the public in the most sincere, direct, and transparent way possible.

How did you start modelling and dancing?

I started dancing before I was even born. My mother says that if music was playing in the outside world, I would move following its rhythm. I have plenty of videos of a very young me dancing around the house, and it was my sister who- watching me enthusiastically mimicking ballet dancers on tv- enrolled me in a ballet school in town. I was 6, and it all begun as a game.

I started working as a photomodel by chance. A photographer, dear friend of mine, asked me to pose for her. A new passion was born. The camera and the theatre aren’t that different to me: I open up my interior world through a line of communication to my exterior world, which I hand over to the viewer.

What do you think of the work as a model and as a dancer?

I think it’s a game, and you have to accept its rules. It never gets boring: habit doesn’t exist, nor do boring routines. Where you have art and creativity, you always find fluidity and you learn to accept the unexpected; that’s what keeps the enthusiasm up. I never lack passion, both when I’m winning, and when I’m failing. I think that being able to accept failures is the first match won in your next game.

What is your beauty regimen?

I don’t exactly follow a diet, and I don’t have any daily routines, except for regularly working out. I’ve found that the most functioning regimen is listening to my body and its necessities. Besides eating often, and drinking loads of water, when I feel that there’s something I need to satisfy, I make the time to dedicate myself to it fully.

What are your qualities which distinguish you from others?

I believe it’s empathy, sensitivity, and freedom. I like connecting to the souls of people I meet, and getting right to the heart of the public through my art, I love watching the world underneath the surface of appearances, and looking for something other than certainties, and I’m really attached to my artistic and emotional freedom- and a little of my sane insanity. These are qualities that people I meet, from the ones closest to me to the public, see in me.

What are your plans for the future?

Many, I have many dreams. I dream of publishing books, both novels, and essays on movement. I dream of moving forward in my career as a teacher, and I dream of expanding my artistic range to acting. I always feel the need to question myself; curiosity is my reason to grow.

What are some of your favorite experiences so far?

I can recall many meaningful experiences in my career, each one of them holds a special place in my heart. The strongest one happened after a show at the Opera House in Oran, Algeria. I was on tour with Astra Roma Ballet, and in that city we were surrounded by complete poverty. After the show, every single member of the public stood up clapping. It was an indescribable emotion, I cried overwhelmed by their energy. Watching a public, so sacrified in their day-to-day life, reacting with such enthusiasm to our show is a proof of the power of art, and of life necessities.

Do you have any advice for those who want to start modelling and dancing?

My advice is to listen to yourself, and believe in your dream. If you profoundly desire something, you need to have the guts to follow it instinctively. Turn to professionals for your training, and make choices based on the outcome, without improvising. Be bold, trusting, and positive. The motto that I would like to share with you is “Nihil difficile volenti” which is the Latin- eternal language, carved in stone- for “Nothing is difficult for those who want it”.

What do you think of the magazine?

shaI find the magazine very interesting for the effort in showing and let the audience meet a lot of good photographers and models. The quality is very high


Make up and Hair Stylist: Mauri Menga

Dancer: Giada Primiano and Kevin Arduini

Make up and Hair Stylist: Mauri Menga

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