Laura Viola

Young Artist

Introducing Laura

Laura was born in Valado dos Frades in Portugal. She started dancing when she was 3-years-old but began her ballet training at the Annarella Sanchez International Conservatory of Ballet in Portugal when she turned 8. In 2020, Laura began training and performing with Maina Gielgud, her dream coming true in December 2021 as she made her debut as Aurora in Maina’s production of The Sleeping Beauty. Laura was selected for the Prix de Lausanne in 2021 and performed the Giselle variation (Act I) and Richard Wherlock's Le Sacre du Printemps. Laura dreams to dance all kinds of different roles and to discover what she can bring to them, as a dancer and artist.

Repertoire Highlights

  • The Sleeping Beauty - Aurora / Bluebird / Florestan (Tchaikovsky, Petipa, Gielgud)
  • Giselle – Peasant Pas / Lead Willy (Adam, Coralli, Petipa) 
  • Swan Lake – Pas de Trois / Four Cygnets (Tchaikovsky, Petipa, Ivanov, Gielgud) 
  • Pas de Quatre – Cerrito, (Pugni, Dolin) 
  • La Sylphide Act 2 – Lead Sylph (Loevenskjold, Bournonville)

Professional Accolades

2021

Selected for Prix de Lausanne

Silver Medal Soloist Cuban Ballet Competition, Cuba

2020

Top 12 Classical Solo and Contemporary Solo, Senior, YAGP, Barcelona

3rd place Classical Solo, Senior, YAGP, Barcelona

Finalist in Batalha dos Jurados television talent program

2019

1st place Pas de Deux, YAGP, Paris

Top 12 Classical Solo and Contemporary Solo, Senior, YAGP, Barcelona

1st place in all group choreographies presented in YAGP, Barcelona

Did you know…

Laura knows how to play the castanets from learning Escuela Bolera and played roller hockey simultaneously with ballet until the age of 9.


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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and perform. Long before we performed on this land, it played host to the dance expression of our First Peoples. We pay our respects to their Elders — past, present and emerging — and acknowledge the valuable contribution they have made and continue to make to the cultural landscape of this country.

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