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Pollyana Ribeiro

Originally from Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Pollyana Ribeiro began her dance training at the age of three with Hortencia Mollo. She also studied with Tatiana Leskova at the Municipal Theatre in Rio de Janeiro. After winning three consecutive gold medals at the festival de Joenville, she was awarded a scholarship to the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. In July 1992, Ribeiro won the gold medal at the International competition in Helsinki, Finland. At age 16, she began her professional career with the Boston Ballet and later was promoted to principal dancer there. She was a strong fixture at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School from 2005-2014. In 2014 Ribeiro joined the prestigious San Francisco Ballet School. During her time with San Francisco Ballet, Ribeiro was featured in the February 2016 issue of Dance Studio Life, where she was recognized as one of the “fresh voices that enrich the offerings at the San Francisco Ballet School.” The Brazilian Consulate has awarded Ribeiro a trophy in honor of her excellence in the arts. Ribeiro’s Repertoire includes many lead roles in works by Nureyev, MacMillan, Cranko, Balanchine, Sir Fredrick Ashton, Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Tywla Tharp, Rudy Van Dantzig, Peter Martin, Christopher Wheeldon, Jerome Robbins, Maina Gielgud, Stanton Welch, Daniel Pelzig, Paul Taylor. She has performed principal roles in such classical ballets as: La Bayadere, Giselle, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew and Onegin; MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; Ashton’s La Fille mal Gardee; and Welch’s Madame Butterfly. Ribeiro’s Neoclassical Repertoire includes such ballets; Balanchine’s Danses Concertantes, Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, Who Cares?, Serenade, Divertimento No. 15, Theme and Variations, and Ballo della Regina; Tharp’s Brief Fling, Waterbaby Bagatelles, and In the Upper Room; Duato’s Without Words and Jardi Tancat; Kylian’s Falling Angels; Robbin’s Interplay; Forsythe In the Middle Somewhat Elevated; Taylor’s Company B; and Wheeldon’s The Four Seasons and Corbantic Ecstasies. Ribeiro’s reputation in the world of dance has afforded her international acclaim and recognition. She has graced the international stages of Spain, France, Japan, Korea, Buddapest, Prague, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Brazilia. She has had the pleasure of working with such director’s as Bruce Marks, Anna Marie Holmes, Miko Nissenen, Terrence Orr, Dennis Marshal, Marjorie Grundvig, Helgi Tomasson and Patrick Armand.
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