Andre Portasio

Guest Teacher

Andre was born in Brazil where he started his ballet training under the guidance of Natalia Barbara. In 1997 he was granted a scholarship to join the Escuela National de Cuba and in 1998 supported by the Nureyev’s Foundation he relocated to London to finish his studies at English National Ballet School. Twice medalist at the Adeline de Genne Competition (1998 -1999) as well as other key competitions around the world, in 1999 he was invited to join English National Ballet where he performed to critical acclaim at a nationally and internationally level. Over 10 successful years he was featured in ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Cinderella, Canter ville Ghost, Snow Queen, Nutcraker, Rite of Spring, Facing Viv, Who Cares? among many others. Since retiring from dancing, Andre has taken the time to develop other skills and gain the necessary experience to pursue a career as a ballet teacher and as an arts producer. He has since worked in different capacity with diverse organisations such as Sadler’s Wells Theatre, The Clore Leadership Programme, Candoco Dance Company, Southbank Centre, The Royal Ballet School and The Print Room Andre has an MA in Culture, Policy and Management by City University and is a graduate from the Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet School with a Diploma in Ballet in Education. His teaching experiences are with English National Ballet, Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet School, The Place, Sadler’s Wells Theatre as well as Primary and Secondary Schools in around London.