Ballet for Teens

Course with Marlúcia do Amaral

This class teaches the technical fundamentals of classical ballet and its 'Ecole de Danse'.  Footwork along with upper body coordination are the foundation for ballet development. Marlúcia brings to her class her experience with the Cuban school of ballet, the American school, and the elegance and poise of ballet in Europe. Most importantly, Marlúcia develops the artistic work of the participants and shares all her stage experience from her long career as a First Soloist in Europe with the class. “Of course I want to help people to turn pirouettes  and transmit all my own experience as a Ballerina forwards to others, but for me the most important is to see the joy of dance in everyone’s face, that’s why we dance!”

Marlucia do Amaral

Marlúcia do Amaral

Marclúcia do Amaral, born in Ponte Alegre, Brazil, left high school at 15 and accepted a scholarship invitation to the Cuban National Ballet School in Havana. Her training in Cuba lasted three years and fundamentally shaped her, both technically and artistically.
From Cuba, she moved on to New York in 1995, again with a scholarship in her pocket that allowed her another year of training, this time at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. When she was offered a contract as a dancer with the Joffrey Ballet after completing her training, she declined and moved back to Brazil instead. There, she earned her high school diploma and studied dramatic arts for two years at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. At the International Ballet Competition in Brasília in 1998, the German chamber dancer Birgit Keil became aware of her and offered her postgraduate studies at the Academy of Dance of the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim. Thus Marlúcia do Amaral came to Germany in October 1998, stayed, and found a second home.

In 2000, choreographer Martin Schläpfer engaged her for his newly formed ballettmainz. She followed him to the Ballett am Rhein in Düsseldorf in the 2009/2010 season. In ten years, Schläpfer created an immense repertoire and created numerous leading roles for her. A special testimony to the Schläpfer-Do Amaral connection is given by two duets by Hans van Manen, which the two of them have brought to numerous performances and which were recorded on film: "Old man and me" and "Alltag" to be seen in the film "Feuer bewahren - nicht Asche anbeten". From 2009 to 2020, as a first soloist of the Ballet of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, do Amaral also embodied numerous principal roles in works by other style-shaping choreographers, ranging from Jirí Kylián, William Forsythe, Brigitta Luisa Merki, Marco Goecke, Jerome Robbins and Mark Morris to Antoine Jully, Hubert Essakow, Terence Kohler and Natalia Horecna or Hans van Manen.
In July 2021, she completed her master's degree in dance education at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden and lives in Düsseldorf.