Born in São Paulo, Brazil and started dancing when he was nine years old at the Art Dancing Group and received a scholarship to join the Pavilhão D Dance School, where he studied for six years. During this time Andre won gold medals at Joinville Dance Festival (2004, 2005 and 2006) Passo de Arte (2004, 2005 and 2006) and CBDD Competition at the Brazilian Council of Dance (2005). In 2007 Andre was a finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York where he won a full scholarship to the New Zealand School of Dance and subsequently graduated in 2009. During his time at New Zealand School of Dance he won second runner up and audience choice at the Alana Haines Australasian Awards in Auckland, New Zealand. Andre made his debut with West Australian Ballet as a guest artist for the Company’s season of Romeo and Juliet.
Andre’s career highlights includes The Joker in Jeu de Carte, Gremio in Taming of the Shrew– both ballets by John Cranko. Mercutio in Youri Vamos’s Romeo and Juliet. Ballets by choreographers such as Uwe Scholtz, Glen Tetley, Marcia Haydee, Garry Stewart, Annabelle Ochoa Lopez, Terrence Kohler. Dopey in Gyula Harangozó Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, having the role of Pinocchio created on him for the world premiere of Pinocchio by Ivan Cavallari, subsequently being invited to perform as a guest principal for the European premiere of Pinocchio with Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin in France and the lead role in Peter Pan by Russell Kerr. Andre has also been nominated for 2 WA Dance Awards and 1 Helpmann Award for “Outstanding Performance By a Male Dancer”.
What inspired you to start dancing?
“My culture. Being Brazilian you’re always surrounded by dancing (Samba, forro etc) but I always loved it and decided to take it a step further!”