About Yanaëlle

Yanaëlle Thiran is a London-based contemporary dancer with a quiet strength and grounding. Born in Belgium, she pursued her dance training in London (UK), Bologna (Italy) and in various dance festivals across Europe. A calm whirlwind, she loves to turn and explore spaces with her long arms always further reaching. She is always keen on making collaborative works and often gets inspired by pieces of music to create choreography. She is also passionate about initiating young people to dance.



Training and education

  • Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning – Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (ongoing)
  • Dance Start Up VI – Art Factory International, Bologna, Italy (2015-2016)
  • Bachelor of Arts – London Contemporary Dance School, UK (2012-2015)


  • Winner of the Gladys Puttick Improvisation Competition (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) with pianist Mikaela Livadiotis (2017)
  • Principal’s award, gained at London Contemporary Dance School (2015)

Dance teaching

Dance performances: creations

  • ‘Dryads’ by Irene Fiordilino. Chisenhale Dance Space (March 2017)
  • ‘May be wrong’ by Guido Sarli. Florence (July 2016)
  • ‘La conoscenza della non-conoscenza’ by Adriana Borriello. Venice (June 2016)
  • ‘Linking’ by Mattia Gandini, Antonella Boccadamo, Gioia Maria Morisco Castelli, Lara Russo, Anna Albertarelli & Roberto Penzo. Bologna (May 2016)
  • ‘Collegamenti’ by Mattia Gandini. Bologna (April 2016)
  • ‘A Smile Petal’ by Renaud Wiser. London (July 2015)
  • ‘There, There Stranger’ by John Ross. Commissionned by Questions and Dancers. London (February 2015)
  • ‘Polaris’ by Crystal Pite. London (October/November 2014)

Dance performances: site-specific/installations

  • ‘4017 Enacted’ by Common Initiative. V&A Museum, London (February 2017)
  • ‘Frog’ by Attivisti della danza: improvised performances in the city of Florence (July 2016)
  • ‘With another eyes’ by Mattia Gandini: interactive dance installation created for the opening of arts centre L’Altro Spazio, Bologna (October 2015)
  • ‘Traces’: part of the Museum Night Fever. Brussels (February 2011)


  • Member of Next Choreography 2016-2017 at Siobhan Davies Dance, London
  • ‘Quartet for the End of Time’ – with Goldcrest Dance Company (March 2017)
  • ‘Stirring the Air’ – solo. London (December 2016, February 2017)
  • ‘Dessus de Souffle’ – a 10-minutes piece for 6 dancers and 4 musicians, in collaboration with composer Thomas Fournil. London (December 2014)