The San Francisco Ballet School recently interviewed School alumni Daniel Deivison-Oliveira for a short Q&A. Deivison-Oliveira is a SF Ballet Company Soloist and a SFBS Trainee Program alum. Daniel was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and trained at Cia Brasileira de Ballet, Ballet da Cidade de Niteroi, Escula de Danças Maria Olenewa, Petite Danse School, and San Francisco Ballet School. He joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2005 and was promoted to soloist in 2011.
How did you find your way to San Francisco Ballet School?
In 2003 I participated in the Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York City, and I was identified by Gloria Govrin (then School Associate Director) as a candidate to come to SFBS. I did not immediately accept the offer, and in fact, I left ballet for a year. After re-examining my career objectives, I got in touch with Ms. Govrin and she extended another offer in 2004. I was excited about the new Trainee Program that she described, and I am happy that I was a part of the program in its very first year.