Aaron Sillis was born in August 1983, in Drayton, a suburb of Norwich in Norfolk, England. He began studying dance at the age of 14 at the Central School of Performing Arts in Norwich and at 16 he continued into professional vocational training in dance and musical theatre at Bird College. He graduated from the college in 2002 with the National Diploma in Professional Dance. Aaron has worked in many fields of dance, most notably working with leading international pop artists including Rihanna, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, Nicole Scherzinger, Stereophonics, Robbie Williams, Pet Shop Boys, Goldfrapp, Tom Vek, Kele Okereke, Cheryl Cole, Sugababes, Victoria Beckham, The Wanted and Emma Bunton. In 2008, Sillis created the lead role of the photographer Basil Hallward in a dance adaptation of the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Choreographed by Matthew Bourne, the production premiered at the Edinburgh Festival and won the Herald Angel Award, which is presented in conjunction with the Bank of Scotland and recognising excellence at the festival. The production subsequently opened in London at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre and was nominated for the Dance Europe Award for Outstanding Company and for the Whatsonstage Award for Best Choreography. Individually, Sillis was nominated for the Spotlight Award for Male Artist (Modern) at the National Dance Awards and was nominated for and won the Breakthrough Award presented by The Times newspaper at the 2009 South Bank Show Awards.