Elivelton das Gracas is from Santa Catarina, Brazil. Mr. Gracas began his studies at the age of 9 with the School of the Bolshoi Theatre. As a student, he was awarded a Medal of Honor for receiving top marks in all disciplines. He performed as a soloist dancer in all the ballets from the school’s repertoire and graduated in December 2009.
Elivelton joined the Paulista Company of Dance Adriana Assaf in 2010 where he received his professional training with the Academy and Company Directors, Adriana D Alessandro Assaf Luna and Hebert Caetano. He danced as a soloist in the Company’s productions including Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire and La Bayadère.
Mr. das Gracas competed in Prix de Lausanne and the Joinville Dance Competition where he received 1st prize and named one of best dancers of the competition. He went on to compete in the Youth American Grand Prix NY in 2012 and as a result, was offered a full scholarship to the Trainee program at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. During the Trainee Program, he danced with the company in Chicago in the Nutcracker and later in the production of Othello. In 2013, Elivelton was offered to join the Joffrey on a professional contract and joined The Joffrey Ballet as a Company member in September 2013.
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