Amanda Vieira was born in 1996 in Recife, Brazil. When she was only 3 years old she took her first dance lessons at Ballet Maysa in Recife. At the age of 15 she transferred to the local Ballet Gonzales und graduated at the prestigious Escola de Teatro Bolshoi no Brasil in Joinville. She won the third place at Seminário Internacional de Dança de Brasilia.
Where are you from?
I’m from Recife in Brazil. I’m an only child, so in order to come to Dortmund, I had to leave my parents.
When did you start to train ballet and what was your motivation?
I started to train ballet when I was 3 years old. I used to have swim classes and in the same place there were ballet classes, too. One day my mother was late to pick me up and I saw a ballet class. I was immediately hypnotized and when she arrived the only thing I said was “Mom, I want to do this.”
What has been the most special moment of your dance career so far?
Until now, the most special moment of my dance career was receiving the contract to dance for Ballet Dortmund, because it was the assurance that all my efforts were worth it. I don’t want to miss any moment here because I know they can help me to improve my dance.
How would you describe yourself?
I’m a shy person but I know I have many things to show and this is why I dance. I don’t know where I will be in the future, but I know I will be dancing.
What were your first experiences in Dortmund?
This is my first experience in Dortmund and Germany, and it is really different here from Brazil, but I’m loving this new experience.
What dreams do you have?
My dream is to dance different roles and improve both my technique and artistry. In addition to the classical repertoire ballets, I would love to dance Agon and Who Cares? both by George Balanchine, and Carmen from Roland Petit.
What are your interests besides dancing?
If I hadn’t become a professional dancer, I would have been an architect. I have even joined the faculty of architecture in Recife, but I decided to leave it because of dance.