Salvatore Aiello (February 26, 1944-October 14, 1995) was an American dancer, choreographer, and the artistic director of North Carolina Dance Theatre (1985-1995) where he put his unique imprint on the company.
Salvatore Aiello’s early career as a dancer included the Tri-City Ballet Guild in Boston and dancing in theater productions that include Kiss Me, Kate; Guys and Dolls; Oklahoma; and Finian’s Rainbow.
Aiello’s professional career included American Festival Ballet of Rhode Island, Donald McKayle and Company, Joffrey Ballet under the artistic direction of Robert Joffrey, a charter member of the Harkness Ballet with Rebecca Harkness, The Eglevsky Ballet as principal dancer and assistant to Andre Eglevsky, Hamburg Ballet under the artistic direction of John Neumeier and Royal Winnipeg Ballet where he also served as Ballet Master and Associate Artistic Director.
A rich mixture of training and performances provided Salvatore with versatility in style and theatricality and an impressive ability to choreograph a diverse array of works. The word “energy” most aptly describes Salvatore Aiello and is found prominently in his choreography. Throughout his repertoire of work, Salvatore captured the essence of the human spirit.
In 1996, Salvatore Aiello (posthumous) was awarded the North Carolina Alliance Award for his outstanding contribution to Dance.