Salvatore Aiello
Choreographer, Clowns and Others

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Salvatore Aiello joined North Carolina Dance Theatre as Associate Artistic Director in 1979 and became Artistic Director in 1985 where he put his unique imprint on the company.

Mr. Aiello’s professional career included the Joffrey Ballet, charter member of the Harkness Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet where he was also Associate Artistic Director, and the Hamburg Ballet under the direction of John Neumeier.

A rich mixture of training and performance provided him with versatility in style and theatricality and an impressive ability to choreograph a diverse array of works.

The word “energy” most aptly describes Salvatore Aiello and is found prominently in his choreography. Throughout his repertoire of 32 ballets, Mr. Aiello has captured the essence of the human spirit.

In 1996, Salvatore Aiello was given the North Carolina Alliance Award for outstanding contribution to Dance.