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Judge Anderson Santana

Judge Anderson Santana

Founder and Artistic Director of the Brussels International Ballet School, Brussels, Belgium. Born in Brazil, Anderson Santana began his early ballet training at 13 with Tatiana LESKOVA at the Ballet School Rio de Janeiro where later he joined the National Ballet School Municipal Theatre, led by Edmundo CARIJO. Anderson studied dance intensively with Aldo LOTUFT and Moema CORREA.

In 1985, the emerging dancer began his professional career with the Ballet Municipal de Campinas (Brazil), and danced as soloist in Don Quichote, Le lac des Cygnes, Gisèle, Roméo & Juliette. It was during this year when Maurice Béjart, “Ballet du XX siècle” met Anderson and, impressed by his passion and dancing, invited him to Europe, proposing him a contract. This has been certainly the most important and decisive meeting of Anderson’s life.

A year later, he joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders under the direction of Robert Denvers. Over the next years, he danced many different roles in various ballets as demi solist and solist: Don Quichote (Noureyev), A dance for you (Nebrada), La Silphide (Flindt) Go! Said Max (Taylor-Corbett), Napoli divertissement (Bournonville), La Leçon (Flindt), A lover’s tale (Bogaerts), Symphonie in D (Kylian), Camelot (S. Sebastian), Danses qu’on croise (Malandain), Distant Mirror (Rosseel), Dark Elegies (Tudor), Great Galopping Gottschalk (Taylor-Corbett), Capriccio Balanchine), Continuo (Tudor), Symphony in Tree Movements (Christe), Allegro Brillante (Balanchine), Variations (Verdy).

The following years, Anderson has been working with different companies and productions: “Broadway Musical Company from New York, “West Side Story” (J.Robbins) and “Jésus-Christ Superstar” (Lewis Robinson), Ballet Royal de Wallonie (Frédéric Flamand), BALLET DU NORD (Jean-Paul Comelin) where he danced in The Nutcracker, Dracula, Giselle, Don Quichote. He also joined the Brussels Ratlas Dance Company in Belgium, where he met and worked together with Timur Ratlas. Anderson was soloist in “Le train, 17 juillet” “Une prison et sept portails du monde”, etc.

From 1999 until 2005, he made various creations for professional academies and solos for professional dancers. In 2003, he created a new Ballet “La rage des peuples”.

In 2005, driven by his enthusiasm, his energy and passion for dance, Anderson Santana created his own Ballet School in Brussels. He has worked hardly to motivate and give the necessary enthusiasm to the young dancers that integrate the Ballet School to reach a high level, and demonstrates the artistic talent that Belgium have. Since 2009, several students have won 1st prices and scholarships to summer programs or annual studies to integrate international renewed companies or ballet schools. Their hard work has paid off by excellent results to international competitions (1st price and distinction: Chausson d’or, Paris, YAGP, Monaco, Ballettschule Hamburg John Neumeyer, Moscow, Varna, Helsinki and VKIBC.

The Brussels International Ballet School has certainly one of the most important palmares of 1st prices and International Scholarships and those results demonstrate that the level of competencies of the BIBS’s students is semi-professional. In 2013, BIBS opened a new section, the “Professional Intensive Program” for talented young dancers from all around the world, where students work 6 days per week from 9am until 5pm.

Since 2012, Anderson Santana is member of the jury of various international ballet competitions, such as Stars Ballet Competition (Romania), Petipa International Ballet Competition (Belgium), VKIBC (Belgian Semi-finals), and other upcoming ballet competitions in France, Brazil and Canada.

Anderson was selected by the organization of YAGP to coordinate the semi-finals of the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition. BIBS studios welcomed and hosted all guest teachers and students from all around the world.

The Brussels International Ballet School's 1st Edition International Summer Program was held in 2014. Anderson is convinced that it is essential, to the artistic development of a young dancer to have the chance to discover the widest possible range of teaching methods and choreographic styles. This year, the school is preparing its 3rd International Summer Program with prestigious international dancers, teachers and choreographers from Bolshoi, Kirov, Vaganova, Basel, Cullberg Ballet, Nederlands Dance Theater, and more.

As Artistic Director of the BIBS, Anderson choreographed over 30 ballets and variations. 2016 will be his first time as a judge for VKIBC finals. VKIBC (Belgian Semi-finals), and other upcoming ballet competitions in France, Brazil and Canada. Anderson was selected by the organization of YAGP (Youth America Grand Prix) to coordinate the semi-finals of the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition. BIBS studios welcomed and hosted all guest teachers and students from all around the world.

The Brussels International Ballet School's 1st Edition International Summer Program was held in 2014. Anderson is convinced that it is essential, to the artistic development of a young dancer to have the chance to discover the widest possible range of teaching methods and choreographic styles. This year, the school is preparing its 3rd International Summer Program with prestigious international dancers, teachers and choreographers from Bolshoi, Kirov, Vaganova, Basel, Cullberg Ballet, Nederlands Dance Theater, and others. As Artistic Director of the BIBS, Anderson choreographed over 30 ballets and variations. 2016 was his first time as a judge for the VKIBC final.

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