Ballet Arizona in Phoenix announces new artistic director

Ballet Arizona in Phoenix announces new artistic director

Daniela Cardim will succeed Ib Andersen’s 24 years of leadership

Ballet Arizona has a new artistic director.

Acclaimed dancer, choreographer, director and arts leader Daniela Cardim will assume the appointment beginning Monday, July 1. She will be the first woman to hold the position and the fourth artistic director for the organization, succeeding Ib Andersen’s 24 years of leadership.

Cardim began her career as a dancer at Ballet of Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro in 1994, becoming a soloist in 1995 and performing lead roles in ballets such as Giselle, L’après-midi d’un Faune (Nijinsky) and Suite en Blanc (Lifar). She then joined the Dutch National Ballet in 1999, rising to distinction in the company, and subsequently performing a vast repertoire.

Her professional dance training includes the Studio Eliana Karin in Rio de Janeiro, the Académie De Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monaco, and contemporary dance training at Ballet Cristina Helena in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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