Aran Bell was born in Bethesda, Maryland and moved to Italy at age nine. He began studying ballet at age four and received the majority of his training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Maison de la Danse in Rome, with Denys Ganio in Italy and with Fabrice Herrault in New York City. He spent several summers at The Royal Ballet School in London and at American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive in New York City.
Bell’s awards include two Youth America Grand Prix Hope Awards in 2009 and 2010, Grand Prix at the Milan International Ballet Competition (2010), Junior Grand Prix at YAGP (2011), the Premio Positano (2011), the Premio Amalfi Young Talent Award (2012) and the Premio Capri Danza International Award (2014). He received the Premio Roma Jia Ruskaja in 2012, which included a scholarship to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. He has performed in galas throughout Italy, France, Romania, Poland, Germany, England and the United States. Bell was featured in the 2011 film First Position: A Ballet Documentary.
Bell joined the ABT Studio Company in September 2014, joined the main Company as an apprentice in May 2016 and became a member of the corps de ballet in March 2017. His repertoire includes a role in AfterEffect and roles in all the Company’s full-length ballets.
Mr. Bell’s performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by AnaPaula and Mark Watson.