Pinja Sinisalo

Pinja Sinisalo was born in Vantaa, Finland. She started her dance studies at the Helsinki Dance Institute at age of 4. Later she was accepted for the Insitute's Professional Training Program, where she trained between 2005-2012. After that, Pinja continued her studies with the Finnish National Ballet School, completing the Vocational Qualification in Dance. At the age of 16 she had the privilege to be accepted for the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest, under the direction of Szakály György. Pinja was training in classical ballet and contemporary dance and she also participated the school's in-house competitions. She received the 3rd prize in the choreography competition with her piece "Szürkület" in 2014 and a jury diploma with her piece "Forgotten" in 2015. She also won the 3rd prize in the non- solo category, with the duet "Neapolitan Dance from Swan Lake", in 2016. Pinja graduated in 2017, completing the Bachelor Degree in Arts specialized in Classical Ballet. From there she started her professional career with Ballet of Sorbisches National Ensemble, under the direction of Mia Facchinelli in Bautzen, Germany. She had the amazing opportunity to tour all over Germany with the company, performing very versatile repertoire in different styles - ballet, folk dance, contemporary and dance theatre. Pinja spent her summers attending the SIBA International Ballet Workshop every year between 2013-2018, where she also had the chance to assist the artistic director of Salzburg Ballet, Peter Breuer, to stage his piece "Bolero" for the workshop's performances. Pinja has also thought masterclasses in Finland.