Fernanda Oliveira, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is in her second season with Colorado Ballet. Fernanda trained at the Escola Estadual de Danca Maria Olenewa in her hometown and later was awarded a full scholarship to The Washington School of Ballet, where she trained with Kee Juan Han, Carlos Varcárcel and Vladimir Djouloukhadze. While still a student at TWSB, Ms. Oliveira won the third prize in the regionals of the Youth America Grand Prix and was invited to perform in Miami Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker, in the role of Dew Drop. Upon graduating, Ms. Oliveira joined The Washington Ballet under Septime Webre as a Studio Company member, where she performed in classics such as Le Corsaire and Giselle, as well as in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Theme and Variations and Who Cares?. The contemporary works of Twyla Tharp (Push Comes to Shove) and Trey McIntyre (Blue Until June Suite) are also in her repertoire. Since she became a member of Colorado Ballet, Ms. Oliveira has had the opportunity to perform in masterpieces such as Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1. Her notable roles include Bird in Brian Reeder’s Peter and the Wolf, Doll in The Nutcracker and the lead in Septime Webre’s Sympathique, for which she received honorable mention in the DC Metro Theater Arts’ review as “a commanding presence […], she is in control, is perfectly poised, and […] lets the entire audience know she was born to perform.”
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