Isabella Grosso is a California native and professional dancer who began twirling in her family’s living room at three years old. Proudly educated at the Debbie Allen Academy, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, and Julliard, her repertoire includes Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Salsa, and Swing. She is known for the high energy, creativity, and passion she brings to dance and has danced for many top industry artists (Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Pitbull), and made many TV show appearances (The Mentalist, Desperate Housewives, Victorious, Switched at Birth). In 2013, Isabella was named Miss Italy for the Queen of the Universe pageant, and from 2015-2016 she was a proud LA KISS dancer.
But the path to her professional dance career didn’t come easily. At the age of five years old, Isabella was abused for the first time. By the time she was 17, she was abused by seven different people, and none of them were a stranger to her. After years of attempting to heal from her trauma, she finally found solitude in dance. Dance helped her discover a sense of empowerment and reconnection with her body, and allowed her to work through trauma to find a healing mind-body connection. After personally experiencing the power of dance in survivorship, Isabella set out to share her experiences with others. In September 2014, she founded She-Is to help survivors of sexual abuse and sex trafficking find healing through dance. Today, her work with She-is has become her greatest life passion and purpose.
When she isn’t teaching or taking class herself, you can find Isabella reading memoirs, eating at her favorite vegan restaurants, and savoring her morning chai tea lattes with an extra shot of espresso.