Gabriel Davidsson

Estonia National Ballet – Soloist

Born in Sweden, Gabe began dancing at the Royal Swedish Ballet School at the age of 10. He came to Draper Center in 2001 when his family moved to the United States; he had only been studying ballet for a 6 month’s prior to that. He ended up training for seven years at Draper.

Gabe was invited to attend the Kirov Academy of Ballet on full scholarship where he studied for two years, before heading into a professional career with the Kansas City Ballet. With the Kansas City Ballet he has performed the Snow King in The Nutcracker and the Pas de Deux in Concerto #2.

Since 2012 Gabriel Davidsson is a soloist with the Estonian National Ballet. His repertoire includes The prince in Ben Stevenson’s “The Nutcracker”, Hans van Manen’s “Trois Gnossiennes,” Benvolio in Ib Anderson’s (“Romeo and Juliet”), as well as leading roles in ballets by Wayne Mcgregor, Robert Hill, Jessica Lang, Bruce Marks, Toni Pimble, George Balanchine, William Whitener, and Twyla Tharp. Gabriel Davidsson has performed in Festivals and workshops all over the United States, and in Europe. In 2011, he collaborated with his brother Jonathan Davidsson and danced original choreography in South Korea.

Here are Gabe’s own words to describe how Draper Center influenced him and his career:

"I had a great time at Draper Center for all of the seven years that I trained there. What I am most grateful for is the amount of stage experience I received while I was dancing at Draper Center. Not only did the teachers help improve my technique, but they forced you to dance and perform like a professional dancer on stage. I tribute that experience for being able to skip a second company and become a Company dancer straight after school. I am currently dancing my third season with the Kansas City Ballet; I am dancing a lot of different roles in a wide variety of repertoire. This Summer I am moving to Tallin, Estonia to dance with Estonia National Ballet next season as a Soloist. Thanks to regularly learning new material while working with Jamey Leverett, transitioning into the Company Life was quite easy."