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 also 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. The same year, she was invited by Mikko Nissinen to join Boston Ballet II, and 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.
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 returned to Boston Ballet for the 2009-2010 season and was named principal dancer in 2010.
Hailed as "one of the most accomplished actress-dancers in the company" by The Patriot Ledger, and as "an outstanding performer with tremendous stage presence" during Boston's tour to Spain, her repertory with Boston Ballet includes featured and/or principal roles in classics such as Florence Clerc’s“La Bayadere” (Nikiya), “Don Quixote” (Kitri), “Etudes” (the Ballerina), “Swan Lake” (Odette/Odile, pas de trois, pas de cinq, Four Little Swans), “The Nutcracker”(Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop Fairy, Snow Queen, Arabian), “The Sleeping Beauty” (Aurora, the Lilac Fairy, Wo odland Glade Fairy) , “Les Sylphides” (the Sylph), “Giselle” (Myrtha, peasant pas), Ashton’s “Cinderella” (Cinderella, Winter Fairy), “Paquita” (principal role), Caniparoli’s “Lady of the Camellias” (Olympe) and Nijinsky’s “Afternoon of the Faun” (principal nymph). She has danced principal roles in Balanchine's “Coppelia,” “Jewels” (Diamonds and Emeralds), “Symphony in C,” “Symphony in Three Movements,” “Theme & Variations,” “Apollo” (Terpsichore), “Episodes,” “Divertimento #15,” “Who Cares?,” “Concerto Barocco,” “The Four Temperaments,” “Ballo de la Regina,” “La Valse,” “Serenade,” and “A Midsummer Night's Dream”(Titania, Hippolyta and Divertissement pas), in Robbins' “Antique Epigraphs” and in Martins' “Barber Violin Concerto.” Her contemporary works include works by Elo, Kylian, McGregor, Forsythe, Ekman, Cirio (Jeffrey), Pickett, Tharp, Wheeldon, Morris, Myers, Bruce, Caniparoli, York, and Zuska. She originated roles in Elo's “Carmen” (Micaela), “Brake the Eyes,” “Sharper Side of Dark” and “Awake Only.”
Cirio was named in Dance Magazine's first "On the Rise" feature article, and has been featured in additional articles in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, and on the cover of Pointe. She is Jeffrey's sister, and she will serve as the Assistant Artistic Director and Public Relations Manager of Cirio Collective.
Photo: Roberto Matteo Photography