Dancer, teacher and choreographer from Finnish-Peruvian origin.
Training & Education
The National Ballet School of Peru
The Houston Ballet Academy
Tansivinti – the Helsinki Dance Academy
Mr.+Mrs Franchetti (former Ballet Master of Paris Opera) in Paris
Menia Martinez (former Prima Ballerina with the National Ballet of Cuba and the Ballet of the 20th Century) in Brussels.
Randy Flinn, Choreographer and Director of Dance at Deum, Houston, Texas.
The Dallas Ballet (USA)
The Junior Ballet of Vantaa (Finland).
Co-founder of Kadosh Dance Company (Finland)
Official representative of Finland at the Expo'92 in Sevilla, dancing her own choreographies.
She created and performed "Créatura" performed at the Savoy Theatre in Helsinki.
Teacher and soloist at the dance school created by Gemeinde auf dem Weg in Berlin (Germany).
Since 1994 Yara lives in Brussels and remains active in a variety of
projects in Belgium, Germany, France and Poland. She co-creates
and participates in multidisciplinary events with numerous artists from
a variety of disciplines: musicians, painters, actors and singers. From
1995 onwards she has been regularly invited to perform during the
celebration of Mass in the Cathedral of Brussels. For this she has
collaborated with leading Belgian musicians and created unique
dances to their compositions.
She is one of the founding dancers of Xaris Dance, a company with
which she has toured throughout Europe for numerous years.
In 2006 Yara performs in a series of events in Ivory Coast with the
music group Exo. They were invited by the First Lady to participate
in her campaign for national reconciliation and unification.
At the end of 2006, Yara Küpper danced in a series of multidisciplinary
performances to mark the 100th year anniversary of the St Michel
College in Brussels.
Over the last years, Yara Küpper has developed her own dance
language, based on her very varied experience, blending elements
of neo-classic, modern and jazz. She proposes workshops and stages
that allow participants to express the emotions, images or stories
inspired by the music in a fluid language that unites body and soul and
gives them the opportunity to express themselves freely.
In September 2007 Salt & Light Dance was launched, bringing together people from various churches, ages and background to express their Christian faith through dance. Salt & Light Dance has been performing since then throughout Belgium and Holland, in church productions, festivals, theatres, retirement homes etc.
An intense training program - Diamond Dance Company - was created to provide for aspiring professional dancers. In 2012 the children’s branch - Mini Diamonds - was launched. Both are directed by Yara.
In 2014 Yara was requested to choreograph and perform the role of Mary-Magdalene in the dance theatre production “Le Perfum de Béthanie”. It has been performed with great success in the church of the Saint Michel Jesuit college and at the magnificent basilic of Brussels. Further performances are planned throughout 2014.
For 2015 Yara has been requested by Marie Media ASBL to choreograph and perform ”Esther, queen of the Jews”.
Yara hopes to continue performing, choreographing, teaching and directing Salt & Light Dance in the years to come. Yara expresses her Christian faith through dance.