Antonella Martinelli

1985, AR


While a student at Canada's National Ballet School, Antonella was the recipient of the Peter Dwyer scholarship in 2005.

She has appeared in Veronica Tenant's 2005 short film, Love That Red.

Antonella's training at Canada's National Ballet School was made possible by the generous support of the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation.

For the season 2008-2009 she receives her first dancer’s contract at the National Ballet of Canada and performs in various ballets such as Sinfonie in C and The Seagull.

Antonella extends her contract with the National Ballet of Canada as member of the corps de ballet for the 2009-2010 season.
She dances in the ballets of the “Nutcracker Suite”, “Symphony in C”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Giselle”, as well as in the world premiere of Crystal Pite’s “Emergence” and in the company premiere of John Neumeier’s “The Seagull” and Davide Bombana’s “Carmen”

Antonella and Shameless James O'Neill create together with the music band Walk off the Earth the music video Speeches in February 2013, director: Chris Stacey.

Since June 2013 she is working with a modeling agency, B&M Models, which allows her to channel her artistry in a different way. She is booked by a few commercials, e. g.  MC Donald's, Air Canada, Dentine.

Antonella is a well appreciated model and teaches, among others, the CB Dance Academy serving the Richmond Hill community, Richmond Hill, Toronto/Canada.

In 2016 she returns to the National Ballet of Canada as a member of the Corps de Ballet. 

In 2017, Antonella gives an insightful interview about the life as a ballet dancer with stunning photos of herself in a portrait project about members of the National Ballet Canada.



Review of Antonella Martinelli from ‘An Italian Straw Hat.’

“One dancer who I was quite smitten over danced and silent acted with such ebullience I noticed her all the way from the corps de ballet. The apple of my eye radiated a Snow White/Betty Boop/Charleston Girl kind of beauty. Perhaps she was a new dancer recently hired from another company, a call up from the National Ballet School, or contracted to fill out casting. Sadly, I have no idea who this beauty is? I cannot critique her ballet dancing as her role just called for watching the story unfold on stage and do some waltzing. She was often paired with Alejandra Perez-Gomez. Kudos to the mystery brunette for always staying in character and so obviously enjoying her time on stage.”

There you have it; an undiscovered talent, at long last discovered! I hope Mrs. K gives her some soloist roles like the pussy cat in Sleeping Beauty, a chocolate in the Nutcracker, or filly for An Italian Straw Hat. She looks like she would be a great Kitri for Don Quixote. We’ll have to wait and see what the future has in store for this delicious silent screen beauty.  The time has come to bid adieu to the cobwebs of ballerina antiquity and make way for the sweet dew of youth!"