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 gained a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and completed a yearlong choreography course at Siobhan Davies Dance, under the guidance of Amy Bell. Yanaëlle is currently studying towards a master’s degree in Choreography and Professional Practices at the University of Chichester.

In 2018, Yanaëlle co-founded Company Concentric with dance artist Shivaangee Agrawal. The company performed at The Place’s Resolution festivals 2018 and 2019, International Youth Arts Festival Kingston and Quinzena de Dança de Almada (Portugal). They have been awarded residencies at Rosas Studios (Belgium) and Pavilion Dance South West, where they designed and taught their own company classes for the first time in the summer of 2019.

Passionate about passing on knowledge and know-how, Yanaëlle has a video channel called Move of the Month, in which she demonstrates and breaks down new movements she learns in professional dance classes, month after month. She teaches weekly creative contemporary dance classes for organisations such as The Place, DanceWest and MoveMe Dance, is an associate dance teacher with Sadler’s Wells and occasionally facilitates choreography workshops. A dance artist with an intellectual twist, Yanaëlle also loves using dance to understand other disciplines. This led to her joining Maths Dance, a company that teaches maths concepts through movement, in 2018.

Yanaëlle’s experience as a performer includes site-specific works with Intoon Dance and pieces of choreography by Irene Fiordilino and Eleanor Tapper Dance Company. Frequently involved in interdisciplinary collaborations with musicians, photographers or visual artists, Yanaëlle has also performed in art 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), she 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 around me. 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 and other artforms, I see each piece as a collaborative process between myself or a creative team and a concept, a sound, a place, an audience… Choreography is a vehicle that makes us travel through space, time and the wide world.”

– Yanaëlle Thiran, 2019