Training in NYC
Armando Braswell is a professional dancer from Brooklyn, NY. While attending LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, he also trained at the School of American Ballet and the Ailey School. Upon graduating, Armando was accepted to The Juilliard School and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance in 2006. In New York, Armando was engaged as a soloist for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet for two seasons. Combined with his time as a freelance artist, Armando was fortunate enough to work with Abdel Salaam, Roger Jeffrey, Nathan Trice, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Camille Brown, Pedro Ruiz, Micheal Blake, H. T. Chen, Pat Catterson, Matthew Rushing, Ronald K. Brown, Jessica Lang, Adam Hougland, Jill Johnson, Jacquline Buglisi and Stanton Welsh.
Performance Career in Europe
In June 2006, Armando moved to Germany to dance with Ballet Theater Munich under the direction of Philip Taylor. In 2007, Armando became a founding member of Gauthier Dance, a new resident company at Theaterhaus Stuttgart in Germany. In August 2012, Armando moved to Basel, Switzerland to join the Basel Ballet as a soloist. Armando has danced ballets by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Hans Van Manen, Paul Lightfoot/Sol León, Mauro Bigonzetti, Stijn Celis, Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman, Richard Wherlock, Christian Spuck, Richard Alston, Elliot Feld, Carolyn Carlson, Alejandro Cerrudo and Francesco Nappa.
Aside from his dancing career, Armando was also featured in “Threesome 3D “ film by Nikolai Vialkowitsch with choreography by Eric Gauthier. Threesome 3D was released as supporting film of Wim Wenders’ “Pina” to cinemas all over germany. The film was also featured at the 2011 FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia.
Choreography for stage
Armando’s choreographic creations have been featured in numerous festivals and competitions. “Meet me halfway, I am searching sideways” (2007) was created for the Balletttheater München Jung Choreografen at Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz. “In Passage” (2008) was a finalist in the International Competition for Choreographers in Hannover. “Push” (2009) was selected to participate in the International Solo-Dance-Theatre Festival in Stuttgart. “Duet For Six” (2008) and Pas-Varotti (2014) was created for the Noverre-Gesellschaft evening with the Stuttgart Ballet. “Mass” was created for the Manhattan Dance Company and “Likewise”(2010) for the Luca Tanz Project in Stuttgart. Armando created “On My Side” (2009) “Tight Spaces”( 2011) “The Three Little Pigs”(2011), “Pretty Ugly”(2012) and “Like Water For Chocolate”(2012) for the Gauthier Dance “Out of The Box” Series in Theaterhaus Stuttgart. In Basel Armando has created “Divertissement”(2014), for the Ballett Basel program, DanceLab. “Housed” (2013) was created for the Dance and Music Gala in Stuttgart.
Choreography for Television
In 2011 Armando was invited to Kiev, Ukraine as a guest choreographer for Танцюють всі!, the Ukraine version of the television show “So You Think You Can Dance”. Since then, Armando has made four creations for the television series in the Jazz and Contemporary Category. In 2012 Armando returned to the show for a solo performance on live broadcast. In 2013 Armando worked with Eliane Müller, Season two’s winner of the television show “Die grössten Schweizer Talente” (The Swiss version of “Britans Got Talent”). Armando choreographed and performed in her music video for the song “Venus and Mars”.
Teaching and Workshops
Aside from his dancing career, Armando has established himself as a guest teacher in high demand. Armando continues to give workshops and guest classes all over the world. From 2010 -2012, Armando was a permanent Jazz faculty member at the New York City Dance School in Stuttgart, Germany. Since 2014 Armando has joined the Modern faculty at The Basel Theater Ballet School. Since 2015 Armando is the movement coach for the OperAvenir at Theater Basel. Since 2016 Armando is the director of Ballett Dienstag, a quality ballet class for all levels and all body types in Basel, Switzerland. As of 2017 Armando is the founder and director of the Braswell Arts Center in Basel ( Austrasse 19, 4051 Basel ).
Outreach / with Children
As part of the Gauthier Dance “Mobil Program”, Armando has also done over 100 performances in hospitals, senior homes, and youth houses for children and the elderly throughout Europe. Armando was also teacher and choreographer for a team Project with Mercedez- Benz Bank and Theaterhaus Stuttgart called Ready to Dance. The project included preparing the children for a performance on a real stage. Participating were children from the Hallslag and Jim Pazzo Youth Centers. In Basel Armando continues to work with children by giving workshops through the Basel Theater School and Ballet Basel.
Interview En L’air and other published writings
Armando started a new interview series called ” Interview En L’air”. This series consists of a short, informal interview with today’s great dance inspired artists. Interview en l’air offers a quick peek into the minds of choreographers, directors, photographers, etc. from all over the world. There are no wrong answers, simply a chance to think of the small things that make us human…and inherently great. For more info visit www.interviewenlair.com .
Since 2015 Armando is a permanent correspondent for DANCE FOR YOU Magazine with his new column “Real talk with Armando Braswell”. When someone is being interviewed, they always put their best face forward. “Real Talk ” is designed to help young dancers and professionals by providing them with the whole truth about the problems faced by artists…on stage and off.
In collaboration with Richard Wherlock and Theater Basel, Armando and his team ( Max Zachrisson and Ruben Dario Bañol ) creates “Inside Ballet Theater Basel” a new blog about the high quality contemporary company in Switzerland, Ballett Theater Basel.
With his installations, Armando combines art, technology and audience involvement to present high quality performance art. His work has been presented at galleries and festivals in Germany and Switzerland.
“On The Run” – a movement and sound installation. Premiere at the Kunst Im Klub Festival in Stuttgart 2011. A collaboration with Phillip Kannicht.
“Pacemaker//Emotion” – a Kinetic Sculpture. Premiere at the Kunst Im Klub Festival in Stuttgart 2012. A collaboration with composer Phillip Kannicht and photographer Joachim Riederer.
“Heart” – a new Installation. Premiere at the Kunst Im Klub Festival in Stuttgart 2013. A collaboration with Composer Phillip Kannicht, Photographer Joachim Riederer, and Dr. Permi Jhooti.
“Hueman” – a new Installation. Premiere at the Colours Festival in Stuttgart 2015. A collaboration with Composer Phillip Kannicht, Photographer Joachim Riederer, and Dr. Permi Jhooti.
Galas and Festivals
(2015) “Shakesphere Ohne Wert” program with Theater Gelsenkirchen.
(2014) RIANI runway show – Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin
(2013)(2011) Dance and Music Gala Olga Hospital Stuttgart
(2012) 60 Jahre Baden-Württemberg-Gala
(2012) Ballett-Gala zu Gunsten der AIDS-Hilfe Pforzheim
(2012) “Gala of the Winners” Ballet Gesellschaft Hannover
(2011) 31 Gala Internazionale di Danza – per la Croce Rossa Italiania – Udine, Italy
(2011) The Deutscher Tanzpreis – Essen, Germany
(2011) Benifitzgala for Japan – Stuttgart, Germany
Gauthier Dance Tanzgala zugunsten der Alzheimer-Forschung – (2009), (2010), (2011)
Dance Salad Festival – Houston, USA – (2010)
AIDS Tanz Gala – Regensburg, Germany – (2008), (2009), (2010)
Ballet Augburg Ballet Gala – Augsburg, Germany – (2008), (2009), (2010)
Internationale Ballet Gala XI – Dortmund, Germany – (2010)
Tanzwelten Festival – Braunschweig , Germany – (2010)
V Gala Internacional De Bailado – Companhia Nacional De Bailado – Lisbon, Portugal – (2010)
XIV International Ballet Festival of Miami USA – (2009)
The Juilliard School Centennial Gala – NYC – (2006)