Yatsushiro Born in Brazil, Ms. Amâncio trained at the Grupo Corpo Ballet School until joining Ballet Cristina Helena where she was featured soloist. Ms. Amâncio was then invited to join Sesiminas Dance Company where she performed as First Soloist until beginning a freelance career as guest artist. She stands out in roles in Esmeralda, Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, Coppelia, Don Quixote, and Diana and Acteon which she performed in Havana, Cuba at the Closing Gala in 1997. Ms. Amâncio was awarded 1st Place at the III Junior Capezio Festival, Brazil; 1st and 2nd places at the CBDD Unidanca Competition, Brazil; and Finalist at the Concours Internacional de Danse de Paris, France. She has danced the roles of ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ in Nutcracker, ‘Lady Bug’ in Lady Bug: Action Hero, ‘Lady In Green’ in Carmina Burana, Spring Waters and featured artist in numerous ballets by Dance Alive National Ballet choreographers Kim Tuttle and Judy Skinner. She is a bravura dancer that captivates audiences throughout the world, most recently in a tour of North Ossetia, Russia.