Sônia Melo, Artistic Director of the International Ballet Festival of Union City 2019
Sônia Melo, Swiss citizen originally from Brazil, received her diploma of Solo Seal from the Royal Ballet Academy.
She danced as a principal dancer at São Paulo Ballet and received the Revelation of the Year Award from the APCA (Association Paulista Critic of Arts).
She was a member of the Grand Theatre of Geneva Company in Switzerland under the Direction of Oscar Araiz, touring Europe including an extensive run at Theatre de la Ville in Paris.
Ms Melo was a soloist at Stadttheater in Bern, Switzerland under the direction of various directors over the span of eleven years, including Ricardo Duse, Bruce Steivel, Michael Mc Keem, Reda Sheta, Francois Klaus and Martin Schlaepfer.
She served as Choreographer at the Stadttheater in Bern, choreographing such operas as Lulu, Rigoletto, Mazepa, Carmen, the musical Oliver Twist, and staged the play Zobeide. She was Founder & Artistic Director in 1996 of AS Ballett GMBH. She has a school & shop in Boll, and theatre & school in Bern, Switzerland. She is a teacher of Classical Ballet, Specializing in Pointe work, Competition, Coaching, and a Choreographer.
In 2011, Founder and President of AS Ballet New York LTD in Manhattan.
In 2015 founded the American Swiss Ballet Company, an international dance company that has been touring in America and Europe. She is also a member of the: “Association Francaise of Maitre de Ballet de Paris” & “Association Dance Swiss”.
Ms Melo was a Producer on the Broadway Musical “Evita” starting Ricky Martin. She was a Member of TRU (Theater Resources Unlimited) NY. She is also a licensed Talent Agent with ASB Talent Agency. She has been coaching professionals for Ballet, Musical, Theater Opera and TV since 1995.
Both of her sons have been coached by her. One is a principal at the Paris Opera Ballet; and the other is currently working on his sixth Broadway show and is currently in “Hamilton, the Musical”.