Daniel de Andrade was born in Brazil and came to the United Kingdom on a scholarship in 1985 to finish his ballet studies.
He has worked internationally with classical ballet for 35 years and is established as Northern Ballet’s Artistic Associate and freelance choreographer/producer specialising in narrative dance.
From 1986 till 2004 Daniel performed with the National Ballet of Portugal, London City Ballet, Zurich Opera House Ballet, The Scottish Ballet and in 1995 he joined Northern Ballet as principal dancer where, since 2003, he has been part of its artistic staff.
Daniel is a devoted ballet teacher and coach and has worked as guest with the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Slovak National Ballet, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Bern Ballet, Deborah Colker Dance Company, Royal Academy of Dance, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Ballet Central, The BalletBoyz and National Dance Company of Wales.
As guest repetiteur he staged
“The Three Musketeers” for the Estonia Opera House Ballet,
“Romeo and Juliet” for the Slovakian National Ballet,
“A Christmas Carol” for the Royal New Zealand Ballet and
“Jane Eyre” for the American Ballet Theatre.
Daniel has Choreographed and Produced 3 full-length ballet productions of his own:
- “Nijinsky – God of the Dance” (Slovak National Ballet, 2015 – original score by Carl Davis),
- “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” (Northern Ballet, May 2017 – original score by Gary Yershon),
- “Chaplin, The Tramp” (Slovak National Ballet, 2019 – original score by Carl Davis).
Daniel has also choreographed, amongst other works:
- “Glass Canon” (Northern Ballet, 2010 and 2012 mixed programmes – music by Moisha’s Bagel)
- “The Three Musketeers” fight scenes (Estonia Ballet 2010, Alberta Ballet 2014, Northern Ballet 2018)
- “Danzando Felini” (Milan, 2011 Italy-UK Business Awards)
- “Untainted Parallel” (Northern Ballet, 2011)
- “Overworlds & Underworlds” (Leeds Canvas – London 2012 Olympiad)
- “Elves & the Shoemaker” (Northern Ballet’s Children’s Ballet, 2014 – original score by Philip Feeney)
Daniel has also produced digital films for Northern Ballet:
- “Brief Landing”, (Meet a dancer project 2013)
- “Music Box Ballerina”, (Meet a Dancer project 2013)
- “Strong Comeback”, (Meet a Dancer project 2013)
- “Locked In” (Part of the “Locked down. Locked In. But Living.” Project for The Lawrence Batley Theatre, 2020)
- He is currently producing a creative collaboration between Northern Ballet and Teesside University to create Northern Ballet’s 1st Virtual Reality dance piece.
For his academic studies in Brazil, Daniel attained undergraduate qualification with a Diploma in ‘Architecture and Engineering Construction Studies’. In the early 2000s, the final years of his performing career, Daniel also qualified with a 2nd Diploma in ‘Computer Systems and their Development’ from the Open university.
Daniel was awarded the 2011/12 Dance Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme, a unique course awarded yearly to 25 ambitious and creative individuals from various arts disciplines who aspire to make a difference as leaders in the cultural sector. Daniel’s programme included courses on leadership, finance, project management, personal and life coaching, social media and digital profiling. He was mentored by The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and was seconded to Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
Daniel was Artistic Director of Northern Ballet’s “Children’s Ballets” from its conception until April 2021. This is a project dedicated to commissioning and creating ballets especially designed for children which tours extensively throughout the UK and also had its first international tour of the UAE. This platform allowed Daniel to mentor emerging choreographers and maintain a nurturing mentality in commissioning of the creative teams involved. All Children’s Ballets to date have been commissioned by the BBC with one BAFTA award plus further nominations. Six productions also made their debut at Cinemas across the United Kingdom and 22 other countries.
As Northern Ballet’s Artistic Associate Daniel works intensively in the creation, development and nurturing of high standard productions and continues to be an enthusiastic ballet teacher, repetiteur and coach. In his capacity as deputy to the Artistic director Daniel has always been an ambassador for Northern Ballet, representing the company on a broad range of fundraising and educational activities and helping to promote its worldwide presence as a most influential British Ballet company.