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.