Natanael originally hails from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he was a company member for two years with Companhia de Ballet do Rio de Janeiro (2013 and 2014 seasons). In Brazil, Natanael also performed with the Casa da Rua do Amor as an actor and a dancer in 2010-2014; as part of the Casa da Rua do Amor project, Natanael performed in a number of outreach events for underprivileged community members in Rio de Janeiro, including many performances and two films: O Lixo Atuando em Mim and Terra Doce Agua. He holds a graduation certificate from both Centro de Arte e Dança, where he was a full scholarship student, and Miami City Ballet School’s Pre-Professional Program, where he was also a full scholarship student. Natanael’s performance experience includes soloist and principal roles at Companhia de Ballet do Rio de Janeiro and Centro de Arte e Dança in a range of classical and contemporary works, including The Awakening of Flora, Elements and Sleeping Beauty, and ensemble and demi-soloist roles with Miami City Ballet School, including Paquita, Giselle and Coppelia, and ensemble roles in Who Cares? and Miami Heat.
With Ballet Fantastique, Natanael has performed as: Aladdin in the world premiere of Aladdin: A Rock Opera Ballet (with Satin Love Orchestra, premiere 2017); Dark Cloud/Lo Xiao Hu (The Bandit) in the world premiere of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (with DaXun Zhang and the Oregon Mozart Players, premiere 2017; the Bamboo Cutter and Asojirô, the Samurai in Tales from the Floating World (with Mitsuki Dazai, 2017 performances); Hegai, Keeper of the Women in The Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet (with Andiel Brown and the UO Gospel Singers, 2016 performances); and George Wickham in Pride & Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet (with Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate; 2016 performances).
Rio Janeiro, Brazil
Ballet Fantastique: Since 2016
Favorites: Brazilian folk dance, travel, the mountains
"Natanael Leal’s Aladdin was perfect. His leaps were breathtaking, his pirouettes perfection, his lifts stunning.
A spirited addition to the company.."
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