Aaron Severini

Aaron Severini

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Biography

Aaron Severini was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts and began studying the piano and composing at the age of eight. During his years at the School of American Ballet (for dance), he continued studying piano under the guidance of concert pianist and teacher, Dr. Jeffrey Middleton. After joining New York City Ballet as a Corps member, Mr. Severini became interested in choreography as well and began writing music with ballet in mind. In the fall of 2000, he participated in the New York Choreographic Institute and choreographed a short ballet to his music. The piece was performed at The Clark Studio Theater in NYC. Mr. Severini’s music has been used in two documentaries, The Art of Leaving by Brian Kamerzel and The Invisible Hand by Marty New, and two ballets, Times Three choreographed by Ryan Kelly (performed at Alice Tully Hall, NYC) and Arioso in A flat major-used in Blue Sky, a ballet choreographed by Jonathan Appels. Mr. Severini hase choreograph for the 2001 School of American Ballet Choreographic Workshop and choreographed and danced in the opera Blackout, a fable for Kids and adults.

Along with music, Aaron Severini began his dance training at age eight at Southern Academy of Ballet Arts in Tallahassee, Florida, under the direction of Charles Hagan and Natalia Botha. Moving to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Mr. Severini’s dance training continued at the Chapel Hill Ballet School under the direction of M’liss Dorrance and Jennifer Potts. At age 12, he began studying at The North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 1995, Mr. Severini was invited to study at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. In October 1998, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in March 2000.

Since joining New York City Ballet, Mr. Severini has danced roles in George Balanchine’s CHACONNE, COPPÉLIA, CORTÉGE HONGROIS, DONIZETTI VARIATIONS, FIREBIRD, HARLEQUINADE, JEWELS (Diamonds and Rubies), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ORPHEUS, PRODIGAL SON, SLAUGHTER ON TENTH AVENUE (Cop), SQUARE DANCE, STARS AND STRIPES, SWAN LAKE, TSCHAIKOVSKY SUITE NO. 3, UNION JACK, VIENNA WALTZES, WESTERN SYMPHONY; Peter Martins’ RELIQUARY; Jerome Robbins’ FANFARE, GLASS PIECES, IN MEMORY OF…, PIANO PIECES, and WEST SIDE STORY SUITE.. Danced featured roles in Balanchine’s THE NUTCRACKER (Soldier Candy Cane & Chinese Tea); Jerome Robbins’ THE FOUR SEASONS (Winter); and Martins’ FEARFUL SYMMETRIES, SLEEPING BEAUTY (Jester), and SWAN LAKE (Neapolitan). Also originated corps roles in Susan Stroman’s DOUBLE FEATURE; Peter Martins’ BACH CONCERTO V, CHICHESTER PSALMS; Melissa Barak’s TELEMANN OVERTURE SUITE IN E MINOR; and Richard Tanner’s SOIRÉE.

Mr. Severini has taught at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Summer Program, Ballet Academy East, Adirondack Repertory Dance Theatre, and took part in the production of Stanley Williams’ CD. Mr. Severini’s film work includes an appearance in Columbia Pictures’ feature film Center Stage and Brighter Days, a Showtime Network Grant directed by Godofredo Astudillo. Print work includes, Brian Doben Photo Shoot, City Magazine, New York City Ballet Ad, Vogue Fall, School of American Ballet Annual Report, Dutch Magazine, and Allegro. Other dance includes a MAC Cosmetics event in 2004.