Lamin Pereira

Joined KCB in 2014

Lamin Pereira was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and started dancing at Centro de Danca Rio under the training of Maria Angelica Fiorani.

In 2007, Mr. Pereira was hired by The Ballet of Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro to perform in Dalal Achcar’s production of The Nutcracker as a soloist. In 2007 he won second place at YAGP Brazil and a spot to compete at the final round in NYC in 2008. Mr. Pereira was awarded a Full Tuition Scholarship to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. In 2008 he was also awarded the first-ever 2008 Northern Trust Award for Excellence.

In 2011, he joined The Washington Ballet Studio Company where he was able to perform Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty under the direction of Carlos Valcarcel. He performed in the company’s production of Romeo and Juliet, Le Corsaire by Anna-Marie Holmes, Carmen and The Nutcracker by Septime Webre.

From 2011-2014, Mr. Pereira joined the Orlando Ballet where he performed all leading roles. In 2013, he performed a World Premiere by Helen Pickett at the Opening Night Gala and at the Inside Out Stage he performed a work by Devon Carney, the variation of Solor from La Bayadere and the White Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake coached by Devon Carney.

In Mr. Pereira’s career with Kansas City Ballet, he has performed all the leading roles such as Albrecht in Giselle, Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Armand in Lady of the Camellias, Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz and performed featured roles in Alice (in wonderland) by Septime Webre, Wunderland by Edwaard Liang, The Four Temperaments by George Balanchine, the principal role in Diamonds and Theme and Variations by George Balanchine. Mr. Pereira has recently performed works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Val Caniparoli and Septime Webre. In May of 2019, Mr. Pereira was chosen to represent KCB at the Benois De La Danse Gale at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia and performed as Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz choreographed by Septime Webre. Mr. Pereira recently married fellow company member Lilliana Hagerman.

Mr. Pereira is currently on leave of absence as he joined The Finnish National Ballet for the first half of the season. He will return to Kansas City Ballet in February.

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