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Ms Lucia Piquero Alvarez
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Ms Lucía Piquero Alvarez 

Lucía was born in Asturias, Spain, and trained there in Classical Ballet with Elisa Novo, amongst others. She got her 7-year Classical Ballet Diploma, and read for a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. In 2006 she moved to London where she completed a Certificate of Higher Education in Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School, and an MA in Choreography at Middlesex University.                                              

Lucía was an independent dancer in the UK till 2012, performing with Neon Productions, and mavinkhoo Dance, and collaborating with Cedar Dance Theatre Company in Wales. She founded Diciembre Dance Group in 2008, which she now co-directs. Her choreographies have been presented internationally and she has been invited to participate in several festivals in the UK, Italy and Spain, including a commission by the Galician Choreographic Centre and a residency at Spain's National Dance Company. Lucía is also resident choreographer of the Junior Dance Company of Bari, Italy, with which her choreographies have won a special mention, and received soloist first prize in the World Dance Championship in Croatia (June 2012). She co-founded the Maltese Zfinfest (contemporary dance festival) in 2012. Lucía is pursuing her PhD at the University of Roehampton, London. Her main research interest is on the construction of emotional expressiveness in dance. She is also a contributor writer to The Ballet Bag, online dance magazine, and part of Estancias Coreográficas, an international choreographic research project.

Performance Projects

Director, dancer and choreographer for international research project ‘Estancias Coreográficas’, supported by Ayuntamiento de Oviedo, Spain (Oviedo mayor's office) and University of Malta Research Grants, August 2015 & 2016

Director, dancer and choreographer for Tabula Rasa project for Malta Arts Festival Fringe, dancing in works by Dorian Mallia, Francesca Tranter, and Moritz Zavan, July 2015 & 2016

Co-director of School of Performing Arts collective performance 2014, 2015, 2016

Rehearsal director of third year Bachelor tour at the University of Malta 2012-2013, and Artistic Director 2014-2015

Choreographic Works


Petrichor for the apprentices of ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble, Malta's National Dance Company, for LINK, February performance at the Malta Drama Centre 

Alba for Diciembre Dance Group in LINK, February performance at the Malta Drama Centre


Mademoiselle Claudel, for Tabula Rasa, Malta Arts Festival Fringe



Did the Sheep Eat the (White) Rose? for the third year Bachelors Tour at the University of Malta, 2014 and 2015 MIDCE competition in Malta


Shared Dreams/ Sisters created for the Junior Dance Company of Bari  

Caminando Contigo (Walking with you) created with Sara Accettura for the Junior Dance Company of Bari 


Penumbra for the third year Bachelor tour at the University of Malta

Yerma's Nights, performed in Platform AD 2012, Resolution! 2013, ZfinFest 2013 and Stagione Teatrale 2013 of Auditorio La Vallisa in Bari, Italy


Lewis After Wonderland, created with Andrea Santato, performed in Platform AD, London and Cloud Dance Festival, London

No una explosión, un susurro (Trilogy on violence), funded by Centro Coreografico Gallego,cSpain 


Molasses (July) 60x60 Dance, East London Dance

Kensington Gardens at Week of Dance of Asturias, Spain (December 2009), and Cloud Dance Festival, London (July) 


Anthem: Absence (July) at Cloud Dance Festival, London and Ingenium Festival (May 2011) in London 

Mad, about you (February), at Cloud Dance Festival, London, Middlesex University and Watford Live! Festival 

Alba (December) at Middlesex University Cloud Dance Festival, London and Blueprint 2010 (East London Dance, February) 

Main Square (February)  Resolution! 09 


Piquero, Lucia. 2016. ‘Emotional Expressiveness in Dance as an Aesthetic Quality: Russell Maliphant's Afterlight’, Proceedings of Congress of Dance Research in Valencia, Spain, 25-27 Nov, Volume 1, Mahali Editions, pp. 475– 81

Articles for The Ballet Bag ( Ballet and dance e-zine, UK: 

‘Nacho Duato’, 12 June 2013 

‘Mats Ek: Expression and Fluidity’, 13 July 2012

‘The Red Shoes at Secret Cinema’, 15 March 2011 

‘On Dancing and Making Dances’, 8 October 2010

Conference Presentations

‘Emotional Expressiveness as a (Virtual) Balancing Act: a proposal for an analytic approach to dance from the interaction between visual arts and philosophy’, Interweaving Cultures: Theory and Practice, School of Performing Arts annual conference, University of Malta, Valletta Campus, 8-10 March 2017

‘Emotional Expressiveness in Dance as an Aesthetic Quality’ at Conference Engagement: Philosophy and Dance, Texas University, USA, September 2016

‘Emotional Expressiveness in Dance as an Aesthetic Quality’, SEP-FEP Conference of European Philosophy, Regent’s Park University, London, 25-26 August 2016 

‘Marrying Disciplines: merging philosophy and dance analysis for a perspective on emotional expressiveness in dance’, School of Performing Arts annual conference, University of Malta, Valletta Campus, 9-11 March 2016

‘How Is Emotion Involved In The Making Of Dance’, International Postgraduate Conference. ART & EMOTION, 12-13 December 2013, Department of Philosophy, University of Hong Kong

New Visions on Dance Symposium for Emerging and Early-Career Researchers, 12 October 2013, Middlesex University


Contact Details 


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