Lia Cirio

Principal Dancer, Boston Ballet

Born: Springfield, PA, United States

Joined Boston Ballet in 2004

Lia Cirio began her training at Swarthmore Ballet Theatre with Lori Ardis. She went on to train at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary and Darla Hoover, where she studied privately with Theresa Crawford and Rafael Grigorian. At the age of 16, she was awarded a Level One award from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts finalist. She was also awarded the top scholarship and Founders’ Award presented by Barbara Weisberger at the Regional Dance America Festival. That same year she was invited by Mikko Nissinen to join Boston Ballet II. She was Boston Ballet’s Princess Grace nominee for 2004. She was promoted to Boston Ballet's corps de ballet in 2004, to second soloist in 2006, and to soloist in 2007.

Her repertory with Boston Ballet includes featured and principal roles in classics such as Swan Lake; The Nutcracker; The Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Don Quixote and corps roles in The Taming of the Shrew, The Lady of the Camellias, Giselle, and La Fille Mal Gardee. She has danced featured and/or principal roles in Balanchine’s Divertimento #15, Who Cares?, Concerto Barocco, The Four Temperaments, Ballo de la Regina, La Valse, Serenade, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and corps de ballet roles in Stars and Stripes and Rubies. She has performed contemporary works by Elo, Kylian, Forsythe, Tharp, Wheeldon, Morris, Pickett, Myers and Caniparoli. She originated roles in Elo’s Carmen (Micaela) and Brake the Eyes.

From 2008-2009 Cirio toured with Trey McIntyre Project, performing throughout the United States and worldwide. She danced principal roles in McIntyre’s Reassuring Effects of Form and Poetry and A Day in the Life, and originated roles in various new works by McIntyre.

She has been featured in articles in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, and on the cover of Pointe. She returned to Boston Ballet for the 2009-2010 season along with her brother, Jeffrey Cirio, who joined the corps de ballet.

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Joined Boston Ballet in 2004

Lia Cirio began her training at Swarthmore Ballet Theatre with Lori Ardis. She went on to train at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary and Darla Hoover, where she studied pri…

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Companies

Boston Ballet, United States

Principal Dancer

2010 - Current

Boston Ballet, United States

Soloist

2006 - 2010

Boston Ballet, United States

Corps de Ballet

2004 - 2006

Boston Ballet II, United States

Dancer

2003 - 2004