Born in Brasilia, Brazil, Andre Silva began training at age 4 with his mother at Royal Academy of Dance. He continued his training at The Harid Conservatory and Ben Stevenson’s Academy. He was a Company member of Texas Ballet Theater from 2003 to 2009, where he was featured in leading roles of Ben Stevenson’s Peer Gynt, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Dracula, Vivaldi and Brittain pas-deux, Bartok, Preludes for Van, Five Poems and Mozart Requiem. Andre was the first recipient of the Booz Hamilton international “Rising Star Award” for excellence in dance and was a Silver Medalist at the International Ballet Competition in Shanghai, China. He has appeared as a guest artist at Houston’s Dance Salad and TITAS’ Festivals. He joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal from 2009 to 2014, where he danced title roles in works from Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Stijn Celis, Stephan Thoss, Christian Spuck, Didy Veldman and Marco Goecke. He joined Germany’s Ballet Augsburg for one year, where he was featured in principal roles in Young Soon-Hue’s Romeo and Juliet, Georg Reischl’s Verflixte Nähe, Stephen Shopshire’s Murmul and Spill and Angel Rodriguez’ Medea. In 2015, Mr. Silva returned to Texas Ballet Theater. Favorite roles/ballets performed include Val Caniparoli’s Without Borders, Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV©: Danse à Grande Vitesse, Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, and the role of Don Jose in Carlos Acosta’s Carmen and Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas. Andre has also choreographed works for Les Grands Ballets de Montreal, Uptown Dance (Houston), and Texas Ballet Theater’s Professional Division.
Where are you from?
When did you begin dancing?
In my mother’s belly, literally
Why did you begin dancing?
I wanted to become a Barynishkov one day.
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
2003 and 2015
What is your favorite ballet to see?
Manon and William Forsythe’s In the Middle,
What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Peer in Peer Gynt, Jiri Kylian’s Bella Figura.
What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
The discipline and challenges on a daily basis.
What is your favorite movie/TV show?
The Green Lantern / Survivor
What’s your favorite song?
Nice for What – Drake
What is your most memorable vacation?
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
What is your least favorite word?
What sound do you love?
The sound of the wind blowing on trees
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Teacher and Choreographer
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Cookies, cakes, chocolate bars
Do you enjoy teaching or choreographing?
What do you do over the summer break?
What is your favorite local attraction/favorite thing to do in DFW?
Outdoor patios by the Trinity River
What is something you enjoy doing outside of dancing?
Listening to music
What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
Connecting with nature
Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
Brazil soccer team
If you could drive any car, what would it be?
If you could have a vacation home, where would it be?
On the east coast of Brazil
What would your best friends say about you?
What’s your typical day like before opening night?
Rest and focus
Who has been most influential to your life of dancing?
My family and Ben Stevenson
What was that one “click” moment that affirmed you were made for ballet?
The moment I was offered the opportunity to train in America
Which member of FRIENDS do you identify with?
What kind of music do you like best?
Classical, contemporary, pop, indie, 80s, 90s, 2000s, EDM
Favorite hot spot in DFW?
Use one word to describe the feeling after dancing the last performance of The Nutcracker.
What’s your least favorite part of getting ready for a performance?
The waiting period
What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
To focus, trust and believe in yourself