Lillian Di Piazza

Principal Dancer

The NANA Fund Principal Dancer
Originally from Silver Spring, MD, Lillian DiPiazza began her dance training with the Maryland Youth Ballet, under the direction of Michelle Lees and Tensia Fonseca. She studied there for 10 years and performed in ballets such as Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, and Paquita. Ms. Di Piazza also attended summer intensive programs at Miami City Ballet, The School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet (on full scholarship).
In 2007, Ms. DiPiazza studied at The School of American Ballet for one year. There, she performed George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ and Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare.  She performed Concerto Barocco with SAB at the Kennedy Center as part of the Protégés Program. Ms. DiPiazza also choreographed a pas de quatre to music by Philip Glass for The School of American Ballet Student Choreographic Workshop. She was the 2007 National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Winner in Dance.
Ms. DiPiazza joined Pennsylvania Ballet II in 2008 and was promoted to Apprentice for the 2009-2010 Season, to the Corps de Ballet for the 2011-2012 Season, to Soloist for the 2013-2014, and to Principal Dancer for the 2016/2017 Season. In 2015 she debued as Odette/Odile in Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake and has performed principal roles in Coppélia (Swanilda)Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania, Hippolyta, Hermia), The Nutcracker (The Sugarplum Fairy), Ballo della Regina, Serenade, and Rubies and Emeralds from Jewels, The Prodigal Son (The Siren); Jerome Robbins' In the Night; and John Butler's Carmina Burana. She also has performed featured roles in William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land (White Couple) and Petite Mort, Matthew Neenan's Penumbra, and After the Rain, and Balanchine's Raymonda Variations and The Four Temperaments (Third Theme)In September 2014, Ms. DiPiazza was profiled in Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” section.