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Aurora Piccininni



Aurora is from Italy. She trained at the Conservatory of Valencia and on the Academy of Northern Ballet's Professional Graduate Programme. She joined Northern Ballet in 2019.

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Learn more about Aurora

Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Florence, Italy.

At what age did you start dancing?

I was five years old when I took my first ballet class.

Where did you train?

I first trained at Ballet Centre, a professional school in Florence. At the age of 15 I moved to Spain to train at the Conservatory of Valencia with the teacher Rafael Darder. After my graduation in Spain I joined the Professional Graduate Programme at the Academy of Northern Ballet.

Which Northern Ballet role would you most like to dance?

I would really like to dance in The Great Gatsby. I love the choreography and the story. It would be something very different from what I've done before.

What do you like most about being a dancer?

What I've always loved about being a dancer is the stage experience. The emotion I feel when I am on stage is incredible, I forget about real life and I can be someone else for a moment. What I also like about it is travelling all over the world and getting in touch with new people and new cultures.

If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?

I think it would be nice to see the film Moulin Rouge adapted into a ballet.

What is your favourite book?

One of my favourite books is Ciò che inferno non è by Alessandro D'Avenia.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

A good Italian pizza.

How do you like to relax?

What I love doing to relax is going to the beach and sunbathing; the sound of the sea makes me feel calm and peaceful. I also like reading in nature.

If you weren't a dancer what would you be?

If I wasn't a dancer I would still be playing the violin and maybe I would be a musician.

Production photo by Drew Forsyth. Header photo by Emily Nuttall.