About Yanaëlle

Yanaëlle Thiran is a Belgian dancer, choreographer and dance teacher who trained at London Contemporary Dance School (UK) and Art Factory International (Bologna, Italy). She also completed a yearlong choreography course at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios under the guidance of Amy Bell. In 2018, Yanaëlle joined Intoon Dance and Eleanor Tapper Dance Company. Her own choreographic work was programmed in various London venues and at Quinzena de Dança de Almada, in Portugal.

Passionate about initiating young people to dance, Yanaëlle gained a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning in 2019, after 3 years part-time at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.  She teaches creative contemporary dance for various organisations including DanceWest, MoveMe Dance, The Place and A Truefitt Collective. She facilitates choreography workshops in and beyond London (recently, in Greece and at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios). A dance artist with an intellectual twist, Yanaëlle loves using dance to understand other disciplines. This led to her joining Maths Dance (a company that teaches maths concepts through movement) in 2018.

Frequently involved in interdisciplinary collaborations with musicians, photographers or visual artists, Yanaëlle has performed in arts and dance installations at Goldsmiths University of London, London College of Communication, the V&A Museum, Central Saint Martins, the Royal Academy of Arts and in a series of choral shows in Berkshire. In 2019, Whitechapel Gallery commissioned her to make a dance piece as part of the exhibition Is This Tomorrow?

A recipient of London Contemporary Dance School’s Principal’s Award (2015), Yanaëlle is also the joint winner of the Gladys Puttick Improvisation Competition for her ongoing collaboration with pianist Mikaela Livadiotis.



“I never dance alone. If I do, I dance with the shadows of my teachers, peers and friends. When making choreography, I search for authenticity, while acknowledging influences from the many artists whom I train or trained with, whose work I have seen and admired. Deeply inspired by various genres of music, I often collaborate with musicians, choirs, costume and lighting designers, photographers or visual artists. Each piece is a collaborative process between myself or a creative team and an audience, a song, a space. Choreography is a vehicle that makes us travel through space, time and the wide world.”

– Yanaëlle Thiran, 2018