Robert Jedam

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Armando teaching at the LUCA Tanzworkshops

First LUCA Tanzworkshops

LUCA Tanzprojekte presented a dance workshop series at the Produktion Zentrum in Stuttgart. The workshop offered two levels of Modern/Jazz class ( taught by me ) and two levels of Contemporary class taught by Michéle Swennen. Those who still had energy left were encouraged to take part in the choreography workshop also taught by Michéle. There was plenty of positive feedback and cool LUCA T-shirts. Check the LUCA website for more info. It was a well organized and fun weekend. A big success. Congratulations to Carmen and Luciana for following their dreams. Good job girls!  Check out this cool video trailer of the workshop.

Choreographing for So You Think You Can Dance Ukraine

What is Armando doing in Kiev, Ukraine???? Choreographing for television ..... I love it. The dancers are passionate and intelligent. This experience has given me a lot to think about.Read more

AIDS Gala in Pforzheim 2012

It was a great evening in Pforzheim. Super organized, lots of chocolate :), and lots of interesting ballets. A GREAT group of dancers. It was a great success.
It was nice to see old friends Salome Martins, and Ihsan Rustem tearing up the stage!!! I was blown away by their smooth, clean, and dynamic quality. A great duet by Patrick Delcroix. It was nice to see them dance again. Shout out to Katja Wünsche.... beautiful as always with a new solo by Marco Goecke. Garazi Perez Oloriz was AMAZING... I have seen this "Hissstory" Pas by Eric Gauthier many times..... I am always amazed at her virtuosity. Thank you to James Sutherland and Ballet Pforzhiem for having us.

Randy B. I danced for you.

Eric Gauthier and Friends Gala

It was a great two nights in Waiblingen! Eric Gauthier and Friends was a huge success. A two day gala, with not only great dance, but also interviews with the directors of each group. So nice to be around so many great dancers and see the different styles of the companies. At the end, the directors got on stage and danced Bollywood style with us!!! :)
 A big shout out to Olaf Schmidt - Regensburg, James Sutherland - Pforzheim, and Roberto Scafati - Ulm. It was a lot of fun.
What a great show :)
I am the one taking the picture.... which leaves me out......someone had to do it.


Featuring 9 NEW ballets made by Gauthier Dance, for Gauthier Dance... including TWO ballets by yours truly...
PRETTY UGLY – world première
Choreography: Armando Braswell
Music: Philip Kannicht
Set Design: David Fitzgerald
Costume Design: Marianne Illig
Lighting Design: Mario Daszenies
Our society centres on success and beauty. But what if the gifted and beautiful lose their inner sense of direction exactly because they appear to have everything? Armando Braswell takes this scenario right to its bitter end. His soloist fails, just like Marilyn Monroe or Amy Winehouse failed – and many other women who, riddled with self-doubts, become their own worst enemies. Almost every day, almost everywhere.
Choreography: Armando Braswell
Music: Amy Winehouse, Claude Debussy, Egon Madsen, Philip Kannicht
Costume Design: Gudrun Schretzmeier
Set Design: David Fitzgerald
Lighting Design: Mathieu Arnal
Is there a recipe for everlasting love? Who could be a better expert than Gauthier Dance Company Coach Egon Madsen who has been happily married for decades! Live on stage, his recorded advice blends with a most unusual kind of multitasking: a hot salsa pas de deux and even hotter baking activities. For isn't the way to a man's heart through the stomach?

Summer workshops in NYC

When I go home to New York, I always try to do a little bit of everything. I took some classes, saw a show or two, watched some rehearsals, and taught a few workshops. This year I visited Dance Works Dance Center  and the New York City Performing Arts Centre. It is always nice to go home and see my friends doing big things. Fallon Preziotti and Christopher Recchia are definitely two of them.
New York City Performing Arts Centre Summer Workshop
Christopher Recchia, Artistic Director
Click photo for more information about the school.
Dance Works Dance Center Summer Workshop
Fallon Preziotti, Artistic Director
Click photo for more information about the school.

Frederik Grötschel

Kunst im Klub

On July 30th, 2011 Phillip Kannicht and I presented "On The Run" a sound installation and improv in Club Zollamt Stuttgart. Presented by Outerim, it was a big success!

Joachim Riederer

Joachim Reiderer - Dancers Feet

Check out the latest project from Joachim Manuel Riederer- Photographer. I was a part of his latest work, "Dancer's Feet" where he scanned my feet.... with a flat bed Scanner. Not so easy to do, but the effect is cool! Go here for the full project:

Audience Workshop in Baden Baden

 I taught an audience workshop at the Festspielhaus Baden Baden. It was the premiere of Sao Paulo Companhia de Danca. it was a great performance.
 I warmed up the audience for them of course....
An hour before the performance, I talked to hundreds of eager audience members about the difference between Modern and Classical dance. we created a little dance live for them, with movements they suggested, it was fun. By the end, the whole audience was dancing in their seats.... Literally. It was beautiful to watch.

Ready To Dance Project

I had the chance to work with a group of young people from two youth houses in Stuttgart.  Together we put on a performance in Theaterhaus called Ready To Dance! Here is a cool video explaining the project and process. It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.

Threesome 3D

 It's not what you think people...
In a special collaboration, Threesome by Eric Gauthier was filmed in 3D. An amazing experience.
Director Niko Vialkowitsch gave a talk on the making-of, at FMX - Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media, a partner event of the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film. I was there to give my special perspective....... The film did well. We even played as a trailer before "Pina" in some German theaters!  Click the photo for more info.
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I am teaching Jazz Dance every monday at the NYCDS in Stuttgart! My class is Jazz with a Contemporary vibe.... ALL are welcome to come and dance with me. Click the photo below for more info.

Monday nights !!!

Intermediate: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Beginner : 8:15 - 9:45

Ida Zenna

Armando Interviewed on The


" My second interview will bring you to the wonderful world of Armando Braswell, current member of Gauthier Dance, in Stuttgart, Germany. This man made me laugh throughout college. I always enjoyed being around him because he was full of animated and positive energy. Armando’s outlook on life is an optimistic one. He’s a person who encourages his friends to do their best and an artist who inspires audiences by his passionate dancing."
An interview on The written by Bennyroyce Royon.



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