Andre Valladon

 

 

 

Mr. Valladon, Principal Dancer and Assistant Artistic Director for Dance Alive National Ballet,  studied at Studio de Danças  Cristina Helena in Brazil before joining Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance Company.  One year later he became Principal Dancer at Minas Gerais Dance Company.  In 1995 he represented Brazil at the International Dance Competition is Osaka, Japan where he received the Lift Prize and a contract with Jeune Ballet de France.  Mr. Valladon was then invited to join first the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Ballet and then Sesiminas Dance Company as Principal Dancer.  Mr. Valladon has been awarded several Gold Medals, Revelation Prize, Character Dance Revelation Price and Grand Prix at the Joinville International Dance Festival, Brazil; Gold Medal Classic and Contemporary at the Brazilian Dance Council Competition, Brazil; Lift Prize at the International Dance Competition in Japan; Finalist at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and Concours de Danse de Paris, France.  Mr. Valladon has danced the lead roles in all of the great classic ballets and is a descriptive and expressive contemporary dancer. He is technically brilliant, artistically profound, and loved by all audiences.  His favorite role is the challenging role of  Robin Hood in Kim Tuttle’s full length ballet of  the same name.

Hometown:
Belo Horizonte – Brazil

What I do in my spare time:
Watch movies.

Favorite Movie:
Lord of the Rings

Favorite dance role:
Title role in ‘Robin Hood’

Favorite vacation place:
Anywhere with mountains and snow

Why I dance:
“O Man, Learn to dance…” I praise the dance, for it frees people from the heaviness of matter and binds the isolated to community. I praise the dance, which demands everything: health and a clear spirit and a buoyant soul. Dance is a transformation of space, of time, of people, who are in constant danger of becoming all brain, will, or feeling. Dancing demands a whole person, one who is firmly anchored in the center of his life, who is not obsessed by lust for people and things and the demon of isolation in his own ego. Dancing demands a freed person, one who vibrates with the equipoise of all his powers. I praise the dance. O man, learn to dance, or else the angels in Heaven will not know what to do with you. ~St. Augustine of Hippo (attr.)~ That’s why I dance.

 

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