Andre Silva

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Born in Brasilia, Brazil, Andre Silva began training at age 4 with his mother at the Royal Academy of Dance. He continued his training at The Harid Conservatory and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. He was a Company member of Texas Ballet Theater from 2003 to 2009, where he was featured in leading roles of Ben Stevenson’s Peer Gynt, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Dracula, Vivaldi and Brittain pas-deux, Bartok, Preludes for Van, Five Poems and Mozart Requiem. Andre was the first recipient of the Booz Hamilton international “Rising Star Award” for excellence in dance and was a Silver Medalist at the International Ballet Competition in Shanghai, China. He has appeared as a guest artist at Houston’s Dance Salad and TITAS’ Festivals.

He joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal from 2009 to 2014, where he toured and expanded his repertoire dancing title roles of European choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Stijn Celis, Stephan Thoss, Christian Spuck, Didy Veldman and Marco Goecke.

He joined Germany’s Ballet Augsburg for one year, where he was featured in principal roles in Young Soon-Hue’s Romeo and Juliet, Georg Reischl’s Verflixte Nähe, Stephen Shopshire’s Murmul and Spill and Angel Rodriguez’ Medea.

In 2015, Mr. Silva returned to Texas Ballet Theater.

Where are you from?
Brazil

When did you begin dancing?
In my mother’s belly, literally

Why did you begin dancing?
I wanted to become a Barynishkov one day.

When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
2003 and 2015

What is your favorite ballet to see?
Manon and William Forsythe’s In the Middle,

What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Peer in Peer Gynt, Jiri Kylian’s Bella Figura.

What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
The discipline and challenges on a daily basis.

What is your favorite movie/TV show?
The Green Lantern / Survivor

What’s your favorite song?
Faith – George Michael

What is your most memorable vacation?
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What is your least favorite word?
Math

What sound do you love?
The sound of the wind blowing on trees

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Teacher

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Cookies, cakes, chocolate bars

Do you enjoy teaching or choreographing?
Both

What do you do over the summer break?
Recover

What is your favorite local attraction/favorite thing to do in DFW?
Downtown Fort Worth

What is something you enjoy doing outside of dancing?
Listening to music

What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
Connecting with nature

Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
Brazil soccer team

If you could drive any car, what would it be?
BMW/Mercedes/Audi convertible

If you could have a vacation home, where would it be?
On the east coast of Brazil

What would your best friends say about you?
Optimistic

What’s your typical day like before opening night?
Rest and focus

Who has been most influential to your life of dancing?
My family and Ben Stevenson

What was that one “click” moment that affirmed you were made for ballet?
The moment I was offered the opportunity to train in America

Which member of FRIENDS do you identify with?
Joey

What kind of music do you like best?
Classical, contemporary, 80s, 90s and house music

Favorite hot spot in DFW?
Sushi Axiom

Use one word to describe the feeling after dancing the last performance of The Nutcracker.
Vacation

What’s your least favorite part of getting ready for a performance?
The waiting period

What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
To focus, trust and believe in yourself