Brazilian José Soares not only loves ballet, but also wants to make a difference in the lives of all the boys he teaches.
Her dance experience dates back to her childhood.
“I started training at the age of 11 in Brazil and graduated from a Russian school called Bolshoi. I also trained with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. The dance first caught my attention because of its athletic nature. When the guys lifted the girls up they made it look so easy. Back then I played all the sports I could and dancing was just another way for me to use my energy, ”said Soares.
While living in Teresina, Piauí, Brazil, at the age of 17, Soares received a scholarship to dance with the Joffrey Ballet Chicago. “I haven’t thought twice about it. If you are in any country and you have the opportunity to dance in America, you must take it. Coming to America is an opportunity of a lifetime, ”he said.
He has been a dance teacher for six years. He resided in the state of Missouri and moved to Andalucia on July 3, 2020. Shortly after the move, Soares accepted a job with the Andalusian Ballet to teach ballet and contemporary dance.
He believes ballet is fun and enjoyable for children of all ages. “Brotherhood and competitiveness make a dance class more enjoyable. The idea is to make them want to come back to class next week. Also, having a class with only boys helps build a team of young men, ”he said.
Soares added that he strives to inspire and motivate his students. “I do my best to make them understand that my idea is not to make them dancers right away. I want to teach them to be respectful of others. I want to teach the discipline and the things that will allow them to be successful in the future. Being a dancer requires all of this and more. If I were to become the man I have become today from a country that hasn’t offered a lot of opportunity, they can certainly do a lot more by being here. I also show some movements in class to get them excited.
He runs a typical group class with something his students can relate to while having fun.
“When you teach dance to boys, especially with this group that I have, it’s about making it a game. Boys this age respond very well to a competitive environment, so I add movements of. dance to games. I try to make them understand how athletic and strong you have to be to be a dancer, ”said Soares.
Having the opportunity to teach ballet means a lot to him. “It’s hard to put into words because I find myself in a lot of them. I ask myself, “What would I want my teacher to be when I was so young?” ” a lot. I want this group of boys to do so poorly in every aspect of their life. “
According to Soares, ballet is 24/7-365 type work. He teaches Monday through Thursday and lives in Andalusia with his wife Meredith.
“There is no time to be lazy or to leave it for tomorrow. If you want to be successful you have to give 110% every day. I guess you can say that about all the other jobs, but with dancing it’s different because our bodies are what we put into play every day, ”he said. “As I always say, I’m always on time.”
The Ballet d’Andalousie is located at 420 rue de l’Église. For more information, visit andalusiaballet.com or call 334-222-6620.
“Meryane Murphy and Andalusia have done an incredible job in this community before I even moved. This AIM High program is just another amazing thing that we came up with at Andalusia Ballet. The last time I had 27 boys in a dance class, I was 12 and was training at the Bolshoi School. The fact that we have 27 boys taking this course in Andalusia is something unheard of. I can’t think of another school with so many boys invested in dancing, ”Soares said.