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Daniela Cardim is a Brazillian/British choreographer based in London. She is Assistant Director and Associate Choreographer at New English Ballet Theatre, as well as an independent choreographer creating work internationally.

Daniela trained with Prof. Eliana Karin in Rio de Janeiro. She danced with Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro for five years and with Dutch National Ballet, in Amsterdam, for 11 years.

Throughout her career as a professional dancer, she performed works from great choreographers, including Serge Lifar, Vaslav Nijinski, Léonide Massine, George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Sir Peter Wright, Alexei Ratmansky, Hans van Manen, Krzysztof Pastor, Ted Brandsen, Lar Lubovitch, Rodrigo Pederneiras, amongst others.


Daniela started choreographing while still dancing, and her first choreography commission was for Dutch National Ballet School in 2007. She has been creating works ever since. 


As a choreographer, she gives great importance to musicality and her creative process involves close collaboration with the dancers.


Commissions include works for West Australian Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dutch National  Ballet   (main   and    Junior companies), New English Ballet Theatre, Poznan Opera House, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo Companhia de Dança, Images Ballet Company, English National Ballet School, Dutch National Ballet School, School of American Ballet (as part of the New York Choreographic Institute), Elmhurst Ballet School and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.

She was a guest Mentor working with student choreographers at the Royal Ballet School in 2020 and 2021, and has also choreographed for the Royal Ballet School's Summer Intensive in 2021 and 2022.

In 2022 she has created 4 new works:

'Reset', for West Australian Ballet which premiered in February 2022 at the Quarry Amphitheatre in Perth to critical acclaim;

'Nocturne', for NEBT which premiered at the Linbury Theatre Royal Opera House in June also to critical acclaim; 

'All Human Beings' for the Royal Ballet School Summer Intensive which took place in August. 

'Stabat Mater', a 25 minute work for Poznan Opera Ballet, which premiered in November at the Aula Artis Theatre in Poznan, Poland to critical acclaim.


 Her work 'Imminent' for Birmingham Royal Ballet was performed in 2021 at the Repertory Theatre in Birmingham and at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. 

Daniela was appointed Assistant Director with New English Ballet Theatre early this year, where she worked as Company Manager since 2013.  She created works for the company in 2014/15, 2016, 2019 and 2022. S


he was cited as ‘new name to watch’ by Dance Europe Magazine’s Critics’ Choice Awards for her 2015 work for NEBT. Her work Vertex has been chosen by Dance Europe's Critics’ Choice Awards as one of the 'Best Premieres of 2017’.

Daniela holds a first class degree in Arts Management. She was part of DanceEast’s 2012 Rural Retreat, conference for current and aspiring Artistic Directors. She was also part of the Jury at the Brazilian Dance Festival (Festival de Dança de Joinville) for three years (2010 - 2012).


Daniela has been a guest teacher with Ballet Rambert, Hong Kong Dance Company, English National Ballet, Wayne McGregor Company, Akram Khan Company and the Swedish Ballet School in Gothenburg.  

© 2022 Daniela Cardim

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