Fernanda Oliveira

Corps de Ballet

Meet Fernanda

Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fernanda Oliveira trained at the Escola Estadual de Danca Maria Olenewa in her hometown of Rio de Janeiro and at The Washington School of Ballet in Washington, DC. Ms. Oliveira started her dance career with The Washington Ballet as a Studio Company member before joining Colorado Ballet in 2014. She has had the honor to perform works by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, Val Caniparoli, Septime Webre, Clark Tippet, Michael Pink, Trey McIntyre, among others, on stages such as the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. She has also presented her own choreography with the Colorado Ballet (Saudade, 2017 and All Strings Attached, 2018) and has been commissioned to choreograph for Avant Chambers Ballet’s Women’s Choreography Project (Homebound, 2019) and for the main stage performance at the 2019 Evergreen Fourth of July Music Festival. Ms. Oliveira was also a part-time instructor with the Colorado Ballet Academy. After performing the lead in Septime Webre’s Sympathique, Ms. Oliveira received honorable mention in the DC Metro Theater Arts’ review as, “a commanding presence […], she lets the entire audience know she was born to perform.” Fernanda joined Pennsylvania Ballet for the 2020/2021 Season.
Photographer: Andrea Flanagan



“Dance is the space where life makes sense. I don’t question its purpose, I don’t doubt its meaning – I just am. It becomes enough to just simply be. Never do I feel more alive than when I dance.”
– Fernanda Oliveira


Fernanda loves crossword puzzles.


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Performance Highlights

With Colorado Ballet:

  • Don Quixote (Flower Girl, Mercedes, Queen of the Dryads)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Diamond Fairy, Temperament Fairy, Generosity Fairy)
  • The Nutcracker (Arabian, Dew Drop)
  • In Pieces (Third pas-de-deux)
  • Dracula
  • Peter Pan (Tiger Lily)
  • Serenade (Russian Corps)
  • Bruch Violin Concerto No.1
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Pillar of Fire
  • Brief Fling

With The Washington Ballet:

  • Stars and Stripes
  • Theme and Variation
  • Push Comes to Shove
  • Blue Until June Suite

With The Washington Ballet Studio Company:

  • Who Cares? (Fascinatin’ Rhythm, Embraceable You)
  • Peter and the Wolf (Bird)
  • Sympathique (Lead)

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