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Kiara Flavin


Kiara is from Kingston, Ontario in Canada and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Graduate Professional Programme. She joined Northern Ballet in 2014.

Learn more about Kiara

Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario in Canada.

At what age did you start dancing?

I must have been about 3 years old.

Where did you train?

I trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Graduate Professional Programme.

Which Northern Ballet role would you most like to dance?

Cathy in Wuthering Heights and Jane in Jane Eyre.

What do you like most about being a dancer?

Performing! Often as I do a curtain call I’m thinking ‘I can’t believe this is my job!’ It is such a privilege to be able to do what you love most in the world as a profession.

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

It would have to be Amélie. I once had a stroke of inspiration as I listened to Yann Tiersen’s soundtrack and thought what a beautiful ballet it would make; it also happens to be one of my favourite films. Madame Bovary and Great Expectations would also translate very well.

What is your favourite book?

Oh, there are so many! Some of my favourite heart-wrenchers are Wuthering Heights and Angela’s Ashes. Novels like Brave New World  and Nineteen Eighty-Four have a resonant societal relevance and Michael Pollan is a favourite contemporary author of mine, I love In Defence of Food.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

Anything homemade and favourful - a challenge on tour but well worth the effort! Vegetables are always the star of the show.

How do you like to relax?

My go to escape is within the pages of a good book. Less accessible but definitely the most restorative form of relaxation is to be outdoors with only the lake, trees and sky in sight. Friends, family and a beautiful meal also do the trick.

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

Maybe an actress (anything to avoid a desk job!). Alternatively I feel I could impart some wisdom as a nutritionist.