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Who is Chiara Ajkun?
Chiara was born in Mantova, a historic city in the northern region of Italy, in the landmark “Palazzo Valentini” (1830) home to her family. She comes from a distinguished lineage of patrons of the arts, tracing back 1200 years, that proudly advanced women education. Her mother Daniela, dance professor and university's chancellor, and her late father Demetrio, an academic, raised her with an emphasis on education and the arts. Chiara also credits her grandparents Umberto and Rina for her love of classical music and opera which she calls “the soundtrack of my childhood”. Her sister, Valentine, is an author and professor at the University of Padua. Chiara has two sons: Wolfrantz and Alexeij.
Chiara enjoys traveling, meeting new people, learning about different cultures and is especially interested in history, philosophy, law and scientific innovations. She likes fashion, horseback riding, yoga and Pilates, watching movies, trying diverse cuisines and spending time with her family and friends around the world.
Chiara lives in New York City and travels the world to choreograph.
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BALLET MISTRESS: Dr. Ajkun specializes in teaching professional dancers and ballet teachers and is credited for the technical and artistic achievements of many notable dancers. Professional dancers, Dance Students and Dance Teachers travel every year from all over the world to benefit from Chiara’s outstanding training.
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Chiara’s methodology encompasses Vaganova and studies in ballet’s related pathologies as well as her personal experiences with some of the greatest Artists, to include: Mme Tatiana Gramtzeva, Mr. Serge Peretti, Mme Ninel Kurgapkina, Mr. Rudolf Nureyev, Mme Maya Plissetskaya , Mme Ekaterina Maximova, Mr. George Balanchine and Mme Alexandra Danilova.
Chiara’s classes are founded on a scientific approach to movements, offer the learning tools for the challenges of past and current repertory and are tailored to maximize success and minimize injuries of one and all participants.
At certain times of the year, Chiara enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge with young generations of dancers through master classes offered in various dance institutions, while continuing to coach professional dancers for their performances and reconditioning periods.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Chiara Ajkun danced in over 200 outstanding performances as a principal dancer of a uniquely wide repertory in Opera Houses, International Festivals and Ballet Galas in Italy, France, Belgium, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and The USA, before being seriously injured in a skiing accident that ended her performing career. Chiara holds an Educational degree in "International Literature", specializations in Pedagogy and Business Administration, a Master in "Performing Arts" and a Ph.D. in “Pathology of Ballet”. During her tenure as Artistic Director, Chiara directed several important festivals, celebrations, and broadcasted choreographies including: “Premio DanzaEuropa”, European Dance Competition (1986-1996), “I Promessi Sposi” choreographies for the BBC’s movie (1988-1989), “Gran Premio”, “Uno Mattina”, “L’Amore è una cosa meravigliosa”, “Piacere Raiuno”, “Domenica In”, choreographies for the Italian National Television RAI (1989 - 1994), “Premio Katia Ricciarelli” for the soprano in Italian-Albanian-Hungarian National Opera Houses (1989-1996); “E allora, Luigi?”, musical for The Pope of The Rome Vatican(1991), “Compagnia Lombarda d’Operette con Arturo Testa” (Seasons 1991-1996), “Rodolfo Valentino”, musical for The County of Taranto and Tour for Puglia County (1994). Dr. Ajkun served a as a panelist for the Boards of Education in Lombardia, Lazio, Puglia, Calabria (Italy, 1986-1994) and currently serves as an expert of public schools in the New York City and Westchester County areas. Chiara is the recipients of many awards, including: Best Choreography in “Malta Festival” by The London Times (1991), Best Choreography in “Fiuggi Europa Platea” (1995), Best Choreography in “Manfredonia Awards” (1996 & 1997), “Dame of the Grand Cross of Malta” appointed by Grand Master H.R.H. Prince Humbert Ferdinando the Third (1999), Honorary Membership to “New Rochelle High School –PAVE” (2008).
Dr. Ajkun became Artistic Director in 1985, appointed by the University of Dance, Theater and Liberal Arts where she is currently a Guest Artist in residence, therefore serving the company "Balletto Regionale di Mantova” until returning to NYC. Chiara created and directed the European dance competition “Premio DanzaEuropa”, the European Opera competition “Premio Katia Ricciarelli” in collaboration with National Opera Houses of Italy, Hungary and Albania, and the Festival “Dance in Italy” for the European Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
CHOREOGRAPHER: "As a Ballet Teacher and a Choreographer, I was fortunate to be able to work with magnificent Dancers. Some trained with me all the way from pre-professionals to principal dancers while others - already at the top of the career - honored me with their trust as a ballet coach and choreographer. The personal and professional contribution of the many Artists I cherish as friends constantly improve and inspire my creativity.
Pictured are some of my favorites in photos by R. Neville and G. Gold." -Chiara Ajkun
Chiara Ajkun - Artistic Director
One of the most well-known and trusted ballet professionals in the world, Dr. Chiara Ajkun is the artistic director of the Ajkun Ballet Theatre and oversees the professional company, the ballet school and the financial aid fund for dancers.
Award-winning choreographer, teacher of classical ballet and dance medicine pioneer, Chiara works for dance companies and ballet schools in Australia, Europe, North America and South America.
Thanks to her leadership, Ajkun Ballet Theatre has performed for millions of people in theaters, television and online platforms, provided thousands of dollars in dance education and has created a world network of dance companies promoting youth employment and empowerment.
Chiara is a tireless advocate for diversity, multiculturalism and equality embodied by the many philanthropic programs she created.
Her accomplishments as a global cultural leader have established Chiara Ajkun as one of the most respected and admired public figures today.