Franca Pagliassotto is a dancer and choreographer, born in Turin, started her studies at the dance school Ariadne in Turin, with Giulio Cantello and Eva Maxcay. She continued her studies and started a collaboration as dancer with various Italian companies. From 1978 to 1982 she worked for Club Mediterranée as a dancer and choreographer.
Between 1982 and 1984 she perfected her studies of Classical and Modern techniques (Horton Technique) at Alvin Ailey School of New York, with Milton Myers e Max Luna III, in Paris with Peter Gross and in Vienna with Ismael Ivo. In 1984 she opened the Dance School Il Gabbiano in Turin, which she is heading nowadays. In 1989 she founded the Dance Company Il Gabbiano and created: Luci della città, Omaggio a Bob Fosse, Wiener Blut, Moulin Rouge, a.o.
In 1998 she started to work with the choreographers Ismael Ivo and Marcia Haydée, working as assistant for the classes of Horton Technique with Ismael Ivo and Yoga Ballet with Marcia Haydée at ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival. From 2003 to 2004 she assisted the choreographer for the company BTT – Balletto Teatro di Torino as well as since 2005 for the performances created by Ismael Ivo for the International Contemporary Dance Festival of Biennale di Venezia.