FORMER TEXAS BALLET THEATER DANCER LETICIA OLIVEIRA TO RETURN AS PRINCIPAL OF FORT WORTH CAMPUS SCHOOL
FORT WORTH, Texas (July 18, 2017) – After 10 years of performing with Texas Ballet Theater, dancer Leticia Oliveira retired from the company at the close of the 2016-2017 season. She will continue her career with TBT as Principal of the Fort Worth campus beginning Fall 2017.
“We will certainly miss Leticia’s presence at TBT and the impact she’s had on our company and so many of our patrons. She is such a talented dancer and has provided so many memorable moments on stage for all who’ve enjoyed watching her dance. We will miss having her grace the stage in our performances, but are glad to have her join our Texas Ballet Theater School staff as Principal of the Fort Worth Campus,” said Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., Artistic Director, Texas Ballet Theater.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 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. 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. Coomer will continue his role as a dancer with the company. Her final performance was in Ben Stevenson’s Alice in Wonderland at the Winspear Opera House, June 2-4.
About Texas Ballet Theater
Texas Ballet Theater is the only fully professional classical ballet company in North Texas and is honored to be the only arts organization to serve as resident company for both leading performance venues in Dallas and Fort Worth – Winspear Opera House and Bass Performance Hall. TBT is an internationally recognized company built on a rich 55-year history; it boasts a repertoire that is creative, expressive and collaborative.