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Aurora Black

Aurora Black

3 reviews

About Aurora Black

Aurora Black is known as "The Prima Ballerina of Burlesque". She is a professional, classically trained ballet dancer who creates innovative burlesque routines that incorporate classical ballet and are danced entirely en pointe.

She has appeared in NYC at many venues and shows, as well as the Toronto Burlesque Festival, the Windy City Burlesque Festival, and as a guest artist in New Orleans and DC.

She has many acts to suit all tastes, and can customize acts and entertainment for any event. She is also available to teach burlesque and ballet classes.


Crowd Pleaser and WOW factor!

By Gina S. on May 14, 2014

I have had the pleasure of working with Aurora twice, on two very different occasions. One was for a bachelorette party, where she was kind enough to follow her flawless act with a quick and fun lesson for the girls. The second time was for a huge work event for over 400 people. Every detail of each performance was specially tailored to fit the audience and occasion.

Aurora was extremely professional, highly communicative, and went above and beyond each time to make sure each performance looked perfect and felt special. It was clear while working with her, that she wanted nothing more than to help make the event spectacular - and she did just that! Each time she performed she MADE the party. She's engaging, a beautiful ballet dancer, and true entertainer. She knows how to quickly feel out a room and perform for her audience the way only great entertainers know how to.

The fact that she is also a highly talented ballerina is what makes her performance even more unique and impressive. Her costumes are also extravagant, very detailed, and beautiful. She's the perfect combination of classy and sexy.

I could go on and on, but I will end with this - I highly recommend Aurora for any special occasion you want to make especially memorable and fun!

Hired as: Ballet Dancer, Burlesque Entertainment

Sexy, Professional and Talented

By Nilay Y. on May 14, 2012

Aurora was talented and classy. Everyone enjoyed her performance. I've never see a burlesque dancer on pointe. It was a completely unique performance. I would hire her again in a heartbeat. She was veyr professional and was very open minded in terms of what she would perform.

Hired as: Burlesque Entertainment, Ballet Dancer

Entertaining, Sexy and Classy

By Danielle S. on May 11, 2012

Wow, how to begin this review. Aurora made the birthday party. My girlfriend hired her for me as a surprise. I was completely shocked and boy was I in for a treat! From the music, to the performance, everything was thought out. Everyone was extremely jealous that she also gave me a lapdance. Aurora was classy, talented and friendly. She even stayed to talk to my friends. I would highly recommend her!! I never saw a burlesque show featuring a ballerina. She will be the highlight of any party!!

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 10 - 120 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Languages: English, French


Aurora Black is not a burlesque dancer who wears pointe shoes. She is a bona fide ballerina with serious dancing chops (and nice curves, we might add) who creates evocative, entertaining, glamorous, and exciting burlesque dance routines. She performs variations from original ballets, she creates her own ballet choreography, and she strips. There is nothing quite like the work Aurora performs. You really have to see it to believe it.

Review from Dead Dream Machine: "If Schmalenberger’s Impresario is the master of ceremonies, Aurora Black, who plays the Nightmare Dancer is the lifeblood of the play. Her talent, poise and striking stage presence lifts the play to unexpected heights."

"Emotionally, my senses could have easily been transported from this dark and dingy nightclub to Swan Lake at the New York City Ballet.... Aurora is the Prima Ballerina of burlesque."

"Aurora has a magnificent line, and her passion and grace brought tears to my eyes (So did her perfectly chiseled derrire – bitch)."
- Sun Arts Magazine

Additional Booking Notes

I usually bring an escort/assistant to help with my costume and personal items.


Aurora Black is a dancer living in New York City. She trained at institutions such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ruth Page, Joel Hall, Gus Giordanno, Alvin Ailey, and internationally with instructors from the Paris Opera. Aurora began creating and performing her own shows at the age of 14. She earned a B.A. from Smith College while choreographing and dancing in concerts at the Five College Dance Consortium and acting in mainstage theatre productions, earning the Denton Snyder Acting Award. She studied classical acting abroad at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

After a short run in the typical ballet world, Aurora quickly found herself uninspired. She desired to make work that was raw, entertaining, sexy and, to put it frankly, “not your grandma’s ballet.” She turned to burlesque to begin producing the kind of ballet work she envisioned, blending the classical art form with pop culture and music, and adding her own signature goth princess flair. This, she calls her “Pop Ballet Revolution.”

Aurora has performed in NYC at many venues and shows including Gotham Burlesque, The Slipper Room, Le Scandal Cabaret, Kitty Nights, Shaken and Stirred, Nuit Blanche at Beaumarchais, Sharkbite Sideshow, Hotsy Totsy Burlesque, Le Poisson Rouge, Hotel Chantelle, Webster Hall, The Delancey, The Parkside Lounge, La Flaca, Avenue, Casa Mescal, The Bowery Poetry Club, R Bar, Ella Lounge, and The Ace Hotel to name a few. She has appeared in the Toronto Burlesque Festival and the Windy City Burlesque Festival and has been a guest artist in New Orleans and Washington, DC.

In addition to burlesque, Aurora choreographs and directs larger works. Her original short ballet, “Annabel,” was awarded 'Best Musical' and 'Best Direction' in the West Village Musical Theatre Festival. Her choreography was called "...One of the most riveting dance performances seen in a long time," by the Greenwich Village Examiner. She currently serves as a dancer and choreographer for Lady Circus at House of Yes.

Aurora's work is refined, yet edgy. Elegant, but just a little disturbing. Her aesthetic is darkly beautiful, yet always maintains a sense of inexplicable grace and innocence characteristic of a true ballerina.

Set List

Aurora has classic burlesque acts (fan dances, classic corset and stocking striptease, etc.), Classical ballet made into burlesque ballet pieces (Arabian Coffee from The Nutcracker and Aurora's Variation from Sleeping Beauty), and edgier, dirtier acts set to pop or contemporary music. She has also created group dance numbers that are available for events.

Custom acts can be created upon request, and audience participation is also an element of some of Aurora's acts. For birthdays, bachelorette, and bachelor parties, she definitely likes to get the birthday boy/girl, bachelor, or bachelorette "involved" in the act. This adds a fun element of surprise and excitement to the party.

Aurora teaches the following types of classes for private events. Burlesque routines and choreography can be incorporated for a longer class:

Ballet Workout
Ballet Barre
Incorporating striptease into dance choreography (advanced dancers only)
Glove Tease
Feather Fan Dance

Influences & Inspiration

Aurora is influenced by prima ballerinas Wendy Whelan, Misty Copeland, and Sylvie Guillem. She is deeply inspired by music and loves to set ballet to pop, electronic, and rock music. Favorite pop stars include Lady Gaga and Robyn.

Burlesque influences include Dita Von Teese, Dirty Martini, and Perle Noire.

Setup Requirements

Clean, dry stage area appropriate for dance

Private dressing area

Sound system


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