Ayça Anil

Dancer
Ayca Anil

Ayça was born in Ankara and raised in Istanbul in Turkey. She trained with the John Cranko School in Stuttgart and Central School of Ballet in London. Her previous companies include Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Youth Company and Ballet Central. She joined Northern Ballet in 2018.

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Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Ankara and raised in Istanbul.

At what age did you start dancing?

At age six.

Where did you train?

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, John Cranko School and Central School of Ballet.

Previous companies

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Youth Company and Ballet Central.

Which Northern Ballet role would you most like to dance?

Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Cleopatra (Cleopatra) and Giselle (Giselle).

Career/training highlights

Touring with Ballet Central.

What do you like most about being a dancer?

The joy of dancing and performing, and being able to express emotions and tell stories through movement, to communicate with the audience and the fact that in dance there is always space for improvement and progress.

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

The movie Amélie or Emma by Jane Austen.

What is your favourite book?

The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho and Courage by Osho.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

A Buddha bowl.

How do you like to relax?

Yoga, meditation and spending time in the nature.

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

An actress or a yoga teacher.