About Yanaëlle

Yanaëlle Thiran is a London-based dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. Born in Belgium, she trained in London, Bologna (Italy) and in various dance festivals across Europe. Since graduating, Yanaëlle has been creating solos, duets and small group pieces, some of which in collaboration with musicians and visual artists. She is always keen on making collaborative works and often gets inspired by pieces of music to create choreography. Her work has been performed in various venues across London, including The Place, Blue Elephant Theatre, Hoxton Hall and Siobhan Davies Dance. In 2017, she also performed in dance installations at the V&A Museum, Central Saint Martins and the Royal Academy of Arts. Yanaëlle is passionate about initiating young people to dance. She teaches contemporary and creative dance regularly, as well as occasional choreography workshops. A calm whirlwind, she loves to turn and explore spaces with her long arms always further reaching…



Training and education

  • Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning – Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2016-present)
  • Next Choreography course – Siobhan Davies Dance, London (2016-2017)
  • 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)


  • ‘Swapping Shadows’: duet. London (2018)
  • ‘Et si Cécile…’: duet co-created with Ruby Embley (2017)
  • ‘Quartet for the End of Time’: full-length piece co-created with Goldcrest Dance Company. London (2017)
  • ‘Stirring the Air’: solo. London (2016)
  • ‘Dessus de Souffle’: 10-minute piece for 6 dancers and 4 musicians, in collaboration with composer Thomas Fournil. London (2014)

Dance performances: creations

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

Dance performances: site-specific/installations

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

Dance teaching

  • Children’s dance teacher at The Place (since 2017)
  • Company dancer and studio session leader at MoveMe Dance (since 2017)
  • Lead dance teacher and assistant artist at DanceWest (since 2017)
  • Teaching Assistant for Mala CHERGA Theatre (since 2016)