Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Leticia Oliveira began her training at the age of seven at the school of Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro. Beginning her professional career at 16, she has danced with Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro, as well as the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and Houston Ballet, where she was a Principal Dancer. In 2007 she joined Texas Ballet Theater. Ms. Oliveira has appeared in international galas around the world, including Gala des Etoiles in Canada, Festival International de Danza in Cuba and the World Ballet Festival in Japan. She was also a “25 to Watch” in Dance Magazine in 2006. Her repertoire includes principal roles in ballets by Ben Stevenson, George Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Antony Tudor, Robert Joffrey, Gerald Arpino, Christopher Wheeldon, Fleming Flindt, James Kudelka, Jiri Kylian, Val Caniparoli, William Forsythe, Stanton Welch, Trey McIntyre, and Julia Adam, among others. She is married to dancer Carl Coomer and in 2013 they became parents to a son, Tiago.
Where are you from?
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
When did you begin dancing?
4 years old
Why did you begin dancing?
I went to see The Nutcracker and fell in love with it. Luckily, there was a professional ballet school around.
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
What is your favorite ballet to see?
What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Juliet and Giselle
What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
Nothing really, since I was around professional dancers from the beginning and received plenty of good advice and inspiration.
What is your favorite movie/TV show?
Gone with the Wind
What is your most memorable vacation?
Cairo, Egypt, standing by the Pyramids
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Wine and dark chocolate
Do you enjoy teaching or choreographing?
What is your favorite local attraction/favorite thing to do in DFW?
What’s your least favorite part of getting ready for a performance?
Sewing pointe shoes
What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
Passion for the art form.