Principal Dancer, Texas Ballet Theater
Faculty, Texas Ballet Theater School
Born in Brasilia, Brazil, Andre Silva began training at age 4 with his mother at the Royal Academy of Dance. He continued his training at The Harid Conservatory and Ben Stevenson’s Academy. Mr. Silva 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. He 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. Mr. Silva has also appeared as a guest artist at Houston’s Dance Salad and TITAS’ Festivals.
Andre Silva 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's Medea. In 2015, Mr. Silva returned to Texas Ballet Theater, where he currently performs as a Principal Dancer.
Some of Mr. Silva's 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. He has also choreographed works for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Uptown Dance (Houston), and Texas Ballet Theater’s Professional Division and main Company.