American Repertory Ballet company member Aldeir Monteiro began his training at the “Centro de Arte e Danca de Campo Grande” in his hometown of Rio de Janerio, Brazil, at only 15 years old. Upon receiving special mentions in a well-known international competition in Argentina, he was accepted into Miami City Ballet School, where he trained and danced with the company before joining ARB.
Committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries, alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today, American Repertory Ballet performing company values individual attention, creating an environment where dancers can truly develop. Monteiro recalls auditioning for American Repertory Ballet as a very positive experience, where he was able to feel at home and comfortable in the environment.
“My favorite part about dancing is the music. Being able to move quickly to it, jumping and turning around the stage!”
“I took a company class as an audition,” said Aldeir Monteiro. “I felt very comfortable and the dancers were very friendly!”
Dancers like Aldeir are able to work closely with Artistic Director Douglas Martin, Resident Choreographer Mary Barton and Company Teacher Kathleen Moore, constantly being guided to excel at the art of dance.
“Aldeir Monteiro is new to ARB and we are excited to have this new dynamic male dancer,” said Martin. “At an audition for the company Aldeir caught my attention immediately as he spun his way through the pirouette combination, performing multiple turns with great skill and aplomb. He has performed many leading roles and we are excited to have him bring his artistry and technical brilliance to our stage.”
While Aldeir Monteiro is new to the company, he is a seasoned dancer and cannot wait to work with the ballet masters and other dancers, while learning new choreography. His resume speaks volumes about his passion for the art of ballet and his work ethic as a dancer.
“My favorite part about dancing is the music,” he said. “Being able to move quickly to it, jumping and turning around the stage!”
Photo: Aldier dancing with Lily Saito in Douglas Martin’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fall 2016 at Rider University; Credit: Leighton Chen
This dancer story was written by Summer 2016 ARB intern Mary Berko.