Meet Gabriel

Gabriel's performance resume including leading roles with Ballet Jörgen, Canada’s fifth largest ballet company and most preeminent touring company. With a repertoire consisting exclusively of original works, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is on the forefront of dance in North America. During his two seasons as a professional artist on contract with Ballet Jörgen (2012–2013 and 2013–2014), Gabriel performed roles in over 120 performances across Canada, including soloist roles in Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and other contemporary works staged by Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen, former artist with the National Ballet of Canada. Gabriel also performs regularly with Cia Independente de Florianópolis (Brazil), as a teacher and choreographer at the Studio Cena de Dança (Brazil), and has been invited as a principal guest artist to perform in Muskoka Ballet Gala with Opera Kelowna (Canada), as well as in additional professional productions as a guest dance soloist across Canada and the US.

Gabriel began his training at Ballet Juvenil de Florianópolis (Brazil), where his extensive studies in pre-professional ballet included classical ballet, modern, and contemporary under professional coaches Patricia Sardá, Renata Afonso, and Dianna Gilardenghi. In 2008, Gabriel was one of five dancers internationally invited to continue studies in the Vaganova Method in Lisbon, Portugal, at the prestigious Escola de Danca do Conservatorio Nacional (EDCN) under elite international ballet masters Marc de Graef and Carlos Caldas (full merit scholarship). Following his training at EDCN, Gabriel returned to Canada to continue his training at Pacific DanceArts in Canada (full merit scholarship). In 2011, Gabriel was invited to join Coastal City Ballet’s elite pre-professional training and performance program in Vancouver, BC under the direction of Li Yaming (full merit scholarship). Gabriel also trained at Atlanta Ballet in summer 2011, working with international choreographer Armando Luna, among others (full merit scholarship), as well as performing with Atlanta Ballet.

Additionally, Gabriel was one of only a few dancers in the world invited to the Banff Centre Dance Program, a professional development program for professional artists in 2014, where he had the privilege of working closely with Lindsay Fischer, Ballet Master of the National Ballet of Canada, Toer Van Schayk (extraordinary artist and choreographer for the Dutch National Ballet), and Jacquelin Barret (ex-principal dancer and ballet mistress of The Royal Ballet in London), Jean Yves Esquerre (regular collaborator with Paris Opera Ballet, Cirque du Soleil, the Royal Ballet of London, and many others); this professional development work was additionally on full merit scholarship.

Gabriel has been awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals as well as myriad international merit scholarships in numerous national and international competitions in South America. In 2016, Gabriel completed a rigorous selection process to be invited to participate in the world’s largest festival of dance (so named in The Guiness Book of World Records), the “Festival de Dança de Joinville” (Brazil).

MEET THE DANCERS: Read the BFan blog interview with Gabriel

Quick Facts

Hometown:
Florianópolis, SC - Brazil

Ballet Fantastique:
Since 2018

College:
Design, Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina

Favorites:
Movies, play board games with friends, traveling, and taking pictures of beautiful things


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