School Of American Ballet Alumni Spotlight

Featured in SAB's Alumni Spotlight

I am excited to share my recent feature in the School of American Ballet's Alumni Spotlight. This article traces my journey in the world of dance – from my initial steps, driven by a pure love for the art, to the establishment of the Braswell Arts Center in Basel, Switzerland.

Reflecting on my training at SAB, The Ailey School, and The Juilliard School, I feel immense gratitude for the mentors and experiences that shaped my career. My journey took me across continents, allowing me to perform with renowned dance companies and immerse myself in diverse cultural and artistic environments. This journey wasn't just about performing; it was about growing and understanding the breadth of what dance could be....

Read the full article here to dive into my story.

New Creation for Desales University Dance

A Celebration of Dance: My Experience at DeSales University Dance Ensemble Concert

EXCITED to share my recent experience choreographing for the DeSales University Dance Ensemble Concert.

Music mixed by Zen Jefferson

This piece reflects my diverse religious upbringing and the journey towards personal spiritual understanding. This piece will be a narrative exploration of the different religious influences that I experienced and how they shaped my unique perspective. Spiritual understanding is a personal journey, where diverse influences can harmoniously coexist. I hope this piece could resonate deeply with audiences, reflecting not just my personal journey but also the universal search for meaning and identity.

The talent and dedication of the DeSales dance majors were palpable, and their execution the steps was nothing short of inspiring.

To learn more about this event and upcoming performances, I encourage you to visit DeSales University's event calendar.

A Tribute to Josef Helfenstein

A Memorable Evening at the Kunst Museum Basel: A Tribute to Josef Helfenstein

I am excited to share my experience at the recent farewell celebration for Director Josef Helfenstein at the Kunst Museum Basel, held on November 25, 2023. It was an evening filled with heartfelt tributes, exceptional music, and, of course, dance.

The highlight for me was the privilege of performing "Echo," a piece co-created with Julian Nicosia. Dancing alongside Julian, we delved into an exploration of reflections and the echoes we leave in our wake. This performance was more than a dance; it was a poetic journey through movement, light, and words, reflecting on the themes of departure and continuity.

As we paid tribute to Josef Helfenstein and his remarkable tenure at the Kunstmuseum Basel, the event was a reminder of the power of art to bring people together, to evoke emotion, and to leave lasting impressions.

Here is the review by the Basler Zeitung:

Collaboration with the Natural History Museum in Basel

I'm thrilled to share with you my latest artistic adventure, which unfolded at the "SEXY – Driving Force of Life" exhibition at the Natural History Museum Basel.

November 10th, 2023 - May 12th, 2024

Our involvement included a dance performance during the opening event and a interactive movement section. in the exhibition!! The only human Hahahaha!

The "SEXY – Driving Force of Life" exhibition was open to the public and offered an engaging program for both kids and adults. It was an interactive, educational, and enlightening experience, perfect for anyone interested in learning more about the wonders of nature and the role of sex in the animal kingdom.

For more information on this exhibition and other events at the Natural History Museum Basel, I encourage you to visit their website.


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From Brooklyn to Basel: A Dancer's Journey" is a unique, immersive podcast experience that takes listeners behind the scenes of the dance world, seen through the eyes of a professional dancer, a dedicated father, and a passionate enthusiast. Overcoming a troubled childhood in the vibrant beats of Brooklyn, host Armando Braswell evolved to grace the refined ballet stages of Basel. His transformative journey has not only shaped him as an artist but also fueled his passion for teaching, particularly reaching out to young people who might be encountering their own challenges.

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Through this podcast, Armando weaves compelling narratives around dance, music, travel, food, and inspiration. With a special focus on his diverse projects, ranging from teaching and creating to lecturing and community outreach, the podcast aims to inspire, educate, and entertain.

This show is not just for dancers, but for anyone who loves dance, wants to learn more about the art form, or seeks motivation and insight from the captivating life of a professional artist. Join us as we pirouette through topics ranging from the nuances of choreography to the harmony of a well-cooked meal, all while fostering an atmosphere of growth, curiosity, and camaraderie. Whether you're a young dancer, an established teacher, or someone who simply enjoys a good story and the rhythm of life, tune in to our journey From Brooklyn to Basel!

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We're thrilled to embark on "From Brooklyn to Basel: A Dancer's Journey," a captivating podcast exploring the world of dance, art, and inspiration. But we can't do it alone. We're seeking support and sponsorship to take this experience to new heights.

With your help, we'll produce high-quality episodes, featuring inspiring interviews, behind-the-scenes insights, and discussions on the transformative power of dance. By partnering with us, you'll empower aspiring dancers and showcase your commitment to nurturing the arts.

If you believe in the magic of dance and want to make a difference, reach out to to explore sponsorship opportunities. Let's create something extraordinary together!


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Guest Teacher at the Royal Swedish Ballet School

It has been an extraordinary experience filled with the vibrant energy of talented students. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Cecilia Moss for extending the invitation, allowing me to be part of this unforgettable experience.

From the moment I arrived in Stockholm, I was captivated by the city's enchanting atmosphere. As a first-time visitor, I was eager to immerse myself in the rich culture that Stockholm has to offer. The city exudes a sense of artistic passion and great STYLE.

Witnessing the commitment and determination of the students to refine their skills was a constant reminder of why I love teaching. It was a joy to witness their growth and dedication. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to their artistic journey.

Thank you Cecilia Moss, the director of the Royal Swedish Ballet School, for extending the invitation to teach in Stockholm! Her dedication to nurturing young talent and providing a platform for artistic exploration is truly commendable. Under her guidance, the Royal Swedish Ballet School has become a hub for excellence in dance education, and I am honored to have been a part of this exceptional community.

As I write this, my time in Stockholm has been nothing short of extraordinary...... and still a few days to go!

Premiere of "Mary" at LaGuardia High School

There's nothing quite like the feeling of coming home, especially when home is Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, an institution synonymous with creativity, passion, and artistic excellence. As an alumnus of this esteemed establishment, I am thrilled and humbled to announce the premiere of my latest work called, "Mary." This production is set to grace the stage over three spectacular nights, June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

Secure your seats to by purchasing tickets through this link: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School Tickets. Don't miss out on being one of the first to see it!

The journey of creating "Mary" has been a soulful collaboration with Rehearsal Director Roderick R. George at my side. His passion, dedication, and creative approach have truly brought "Mary" to life, enabling us to deliver a performance that promises to be unforgettable.

The heart of "Mary" is the captivating music composed by Zen Jefferson. He creates an immersive auditory experience that intertwines seamlessly with the narrative of "Mary."

Returning to LaGuardia High School with "Mary" is an experience that's incredibly special to me. It's here where my artistic journey began, where I first dared to dream, and where those dreams were nurtured. Coming back as an adult, I carry with me a profound sense of gratitude, pride, and excitement to share this piece of my heart with the school that has given me so much.

"Mary" is more than just another piece; it's a testament to the power of dreams, dedication, and the impact that institutions like LaGuardia High School can have on shaping the artists of tomorrow.

Mark your calendars, book your tickets, and join us in this remarkable journey as we celebrate the magic of the performing arts at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School on June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

Stay connected for more updates and behind-the-scenes sneak these photos by Loni Landon. Until then, we're eagerly preparing to showcase "Mary" to the world. We look forward to sharing this special moment with you.


Photos by Loni Landon

Dance Basel Festival 2023

The Art Basel week in Basel, Switzerland, is renowned for showcasing the worlds artistic brilliance. This year, coinciding with Art Basel week, the city will come alive with the rhythm of the Dance Basel Festival, a celebration of the dynamic and diverse art of dance.

Scheduled for the weekend of the 10th and 11th of June 2023, this unique festival, held in partnership with Theater Basel Foyer Public, promises a vibrant showcase of talents from across the globe. With a lineup of performances by talented choreographers at various stages of their careers, this festival brings together a rich tapestry of styles, narratives, and interpretations.

On Saturday, the 10th of June, from 16:00 to 17:00, an open community dance class invites everyone, regardless of age or skill level, to share in the joy and freedom of dance. Accompanied by live music, this workshop is a rare opportunity to learn, move, and express yourself in a safe, welcoming space.

The festival continues on Sunday, the 11th of June, from 15:30 to 16:30, with a performance that promises to captivate audiences with the innovative creations of our featured choreographers.

The Dance Basel Festival is proud to provide free admission to the Basel public, offering everyone the opportunity to witness the evolution of dance and discover emerging artists in the field.

At its heart, Dance Basel is an inclusive festival. We are dedicated to establishing a high-quality platform that embraces diversity in all its forms. Our mission includes showcasing minority choreographers from various social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders and sexual orientations. We firmly believe in the power of dance as a universal language, transcending boundaries, and connecting us all.

Mark your calendars for an exhilarating weekend of movement, music, and human connection at the Dance Basel Festival 2023. We look forward to welcoming you and celebrating the unifying power of dance.


End Of The Season Performance

Get ready for a celebration of art, creativity, and talent at the highly-anticipated Braswell Arts Center's End of the Year Performance! On the evenings of June 24th and 25th, we're excited to invite you to join us as we shine a spotlight on the amazing work accomplished over the past year.

Our community of talented artists has spent this year exploring their creativity, honing their skills, and producing inspiring, beautiful, and thought-provoking works. Now, it's time to showcase their incredible talent and artistic achievements.

This event is more than just a performance; it's a reflection of the dedication, passion, and growth that has taken place within the walls of Braswell Arts Center over the past year.

We can't wait for you to experience the talent, dedication, and artistic excellence our community has to offer. Whether you're a lover of the arts, a supporter of local talent, or simply looking for an unforgettable evening, this event is one you won't want to miss.

Don't wait to secure your spot in this celebration of artistry and achievement. Save the date and grab your tickets now by visiting this link: Tickets.

As we countdown to the grand celebration, we invite you to share in our excitement and anticipation. Stay tuned for updates, sneak peeks, and behind-the-scenes looks at the preparation that goes into producing this wonderful event.

Join us at the Braswell Arts Center on June 24th and 25th for an unforgettable evening celebrating creativity, growth, and artistic achievements. We look forward to sharing this special occasion with you.



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The New Braswell Arts Center is Here!!

We are incredibly thrilled to lift the "curtain" and reveal the stunning new photographs of our vibrant studio space located at Aeschenplatz!

These photos capture the pulsating energy and spirit that define the Braswell Arts Center, inviting you on a journey into our world of inspiration and creativity.

From the expansive dance floors, where movement comes alive, to the warm, inviting ambiance, every detail in our studio space is carefully curated to stoke passion and kindle the imagination.

Photos expertly captured by Viswerk. Take a virtual tour of our sanctuary, a haven that welcomes and nurtures artists of all ages and disciplines. The perfect design of our studio, brought to life by Wyss Santos Architects, fosters an environment that encourages creativity, pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

The Aeschenplatz studio is more than just a space; it is a testament to our commitment to fostering artistic talent and celebrating creative expression.

We can't wait for you to experience this space in person, to breathe in the atmosphere, to be inspired by the energy and perhaps even contribute your own creativity to it. Until then, we hope these photographs bring our studio to life for you, wherever you might be.



Guest Speaker and Teacher at SAB

The School of American Ballet holds a special place in my heart, and I feel truly grateful and blessed to have had the opportunity to return, not as a student, but as a mentor to the next generation of talented young dancers.

Stepping back into the classrooms of this esteemed institution, where I once honed my skills, was an exhilarating experience. This was not merely a trip down memory lane but a chance to give back to the institution that played a significant role in my artistic journey.

The young dancers I had the honor of teaching showed dedication, passion, and raw talent - qualities that the School of American Ballet continually fosters in its students. Their eagerness to learn and their persistent pursuit of perfection were heartwarming to witness and even more rewarding to teach.

Under the revered banner of the School of American Ballet, these budding artists are following in the footsteps of many greats who have graced the stages of world-class theaters. It was a privilege to contribute to their journey, sharing insights from my experiences, and helping guide their artistic growth.

Returning to the School of American Ballet, albeit for a short while, was a fulfilling and enriching experience.

I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Aesha Ash and the School of American Ballet for welcoming me back and allowing me to be part of the incredible work they do. Here's to nurturing the future stars of ballet, and to the continuous celebration of dance and its ability to inspire, transform, and connect us.



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Guest Teaching at LaGuardia High School

Creating art is an intimate journey, one that evolves and grows when shared with others. And so, it gives me immense pleasure to share that in addition to crafting my latest piece, I have also had the distinct privilege of teaching at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School.

Teaching at LaGuardia was nothing short of an amazing full-circle moment for me. Walking the familiar hallways, entering the classrooms, and witnessing the eager faces of budding artists – the experience was deeply rewarding, brimming with both nostalgia and hope.

A heartfelt thank you to the remarkable seniors of LaGuardia High School for your unyielding passion and dedication. You have not only been my students but also my inspiration, reminding me why I embarked on this creative journey in the first place.

I extend my deepest gratitude to Ms. Mathesius and Greg for this extraordinary opportunity. Your faith in me, a proud alum, made this enriching experience possible. Your unwavering support has created an environment where artistic talent is nurtured, and dreams are given wings.

This teaching experience served as a reminder that art is not solely about individual expression, but also about sharing knowledge, fostering growth, and inspiring the next generation. As we nurture young talents, we are ensuring the future of the arts, one that is vibrant, diverse, and resilient.

I am forever grateful to LaGuardia High School, its faculty, and its students for embracing me with open arms and allowing me the honor of contributing to its rich artistic legacy.



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Guest Teacher for ABT Studio Company

Recently, I had the distinct honor and pleasure of teaching contemporary dance to the gifted performers at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Studio Company.

Watching these dedicated artists interpret the fluidity, energy, and emotions of contemporary dance was a testament to their adaptability and immense talent. This expressive dance form, with its blend of ballet, modern, and other elements, challenges the traditional dance norms and encourages individuality. Witnessing these dancers rise to this challenge was truly inspiring.

A sincere thank you to Sascha and the entire team at ABT Studio Company. Your commitment to cultivating talent and fostering artistic growth is commendable. And to the dancers - witnessing your progress, your interpretative nuances, and your boundless enthusiasm was an absolute delight. The future of ballet looks very promising with artists like you.

Keep shining, ABT Studio Company, you look great!




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50 years of Prix De Lausanne

My journey with the Prix de Lausanne extends beyond that of an observer or a fan - I've had the distinct privilege of teaching and mentoring the gifted participants in this prestigious international competition. Over the years, this experience has forged an unshakeable bond, making me an integral part of the 'Prix family'.

Since its inception, the Prix de Lausanne has been instrumental in nurturing and propelling young ballet talents onto the global stage. This competition, a beacon of ballet for five decades, embodies more than just winning; it’s a unique platform for learning, sharing, and growing as artists.

In this jubilee year, I send my heartiest congratulations and deepest gratitude to the organizers, mentors, and exceptionally talented participants of the Prix de Lausanne. Our collective dedication to preserving and promoting the art of ballet is truly commendable.

To all the competitors: embarking on this journey speaks volumes of your courage, hard work, and passion. Regardless of the outcome, you are all winners. Take this opportunity to soak up knowledge, connect with fellow artists, and express your passion for dance.

The anticipation of witnessing your performances at the finals fills me with immense excitement. It is an opportunity to see you shine, to witness your unique interpretations of the beautiful language of dance.

Happy 50th, Prix de Lausanne! Here's to our enduring family, bound together by our shared love for the art of ballet.

Musuem Night Basel

Hey everyone!

Come dance with me at Basel Museum Night!!!

I am so excited to announce that I will be giving a dance workshop at the Kunstmuseum Basel on Friday, January 20th, 2023 from 8pm to 10pm. This will be part of the Museum's Night program, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my love of dance with all of you.

As a dancer and choreographer, I have always been drawn to the expressive power of movement in the community. I believe that dance has the ability to convey emotions and ideas in a way that words simply cannot.

That's why this is big for me. No matter your experience level, I encourage you to join me and discover the joy of dance.

If you are in the Basel area, I hope you will join me at the Kunstmuseum on January 20th. It's going to be a fun and exciting night, and I can't wait to see you all there! For more info:

Guest Speaker at Swisspeers Start-up Event

It was an absolute honor to be invited as speakers for the Swisspeers Start-Up event. For those who may not be familiar, Swisspeers is an innovative platform that helps fund projects and ideas through a community of investors and serious dreamers. The Braswell Arts Center recently used Swisspeers to fund their new space, and we were thrilled to be part of the event and share our story with their network.

As entrepreneurs and business owners, my wife Lisa and I know firsthand the challenges of starting and growing a company. It takes hard work, dedication, and a willingness to push past boundaries and take calculated risks. In our short speech, we shared some of our own experiences and offered encouragement and humor to the aspiring entrepreneurs in attendance.

One thing we emphasized is the importance of staying true to your vision and not letting setbacks or challenges deter you. We also talked about the value of seeking out mentors and surrounding yourself with supportive people who can offer guidance and encouragement along the way.

Overall, it was a fantastic event and we were truly humbled to be invited as speakers. We were inspired by the passion and drive of the other attendees and are excited to see what the future holds for them and their businesses. We are grateful to Swisspeers for creating such a valuable platform and for giving us the opportunity to share our experiences and insights.

You can find more info the specific event here: Swisspeers Website




New Position at TaZ ZHdK

I am so excited to finally announce that I have accepted a part-time position as a Contemporary Teacher at the TaZ at ZHdK! This has been in the works for a while now and I am beyond excited to start this new chapter in my career.

The first week has been a full one, and the dancers are working hard and showing a lot of enthusiasm. I am really impressed by their dedication and talent.

The studios at the TaZ are top-notch and state-of-the-art. I had the chance to try out the sound system and let me tell you, the acoustics are amazing. I even blasted some Biggie Smalls through the hallways just to test it out and it sounded amazing.

The dancers are hungry and working hard, and I can already feel the sense of community and support that exists at TaZ.

I am so grateful for this opportunity and can't wait to see what the future holds. Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey and to the TaZ team for welcoming me with open arms.

Prix de Lausanne European Pre-Selection

It was a pleasure to be back at the Prix de Lausanne European Pre-Selection! In my role as part of the jury, and as the contemporary teacher.

The level is getting better and better! I am very happy to have worked with these talented dancers :)

Check out the Prix website:

Have a good summer!


Thank you Gregory Batardon for the photos!

Dance Basel Festival

Did you know I have a dance festival in Basel? It is during the Art Basel week and it is called Dance Basel! It is happening June 18th and 19th, 2022 at the Public Foyer.

Dance Basel is a new dance festival in Basel during the Art Basel week. In collaboration with Theater Basel Public Foyer, this festival is free to the Basel public with a goal of showcasing the work of talented young choreographers in different stages of their development.

Please come and check it out! This week!


New work for LaGuardia High School NYC

I am thrilled to announce that in 2023, I will be making a new work for the famous Laguardia High School of Performing Arts in NYC!! I am beyond humbled and excited to be a part of the LAG Senior Concert. It means so much for me to come home and work with the school that started it all for me. Thank you Ms. Mathesius and Greg for your trust. I am looking forward to pushing these talented dancers and making something that vibrates with good energy and of course being back in NYC for creation time :)

Lets go!



TalentScouting Days 2022

I am honored to be this years contemporary teacher at the Danse Suisse Talentscouting Days at the Toni Areal

Good luck to all of the students over these two weekends!

See you in Zurich!








Interview with SRF

Hello Everyone!

Check out my latest interview with SRF about why dance should be for EVERYBODY!

Interview starts at 9:43 🎧

A BIG Thank you to Reena Thelly for including me in her study on sport trauma.

See you in the studio!

BAC Virtual Benefit Gala 2022

The Braswell Arts Virtual Benefit Gala is back! Featuring an evening of high-quality dance performances from renowned artists all around the world. Curated by Armando and Lisa Braswell, the artists all unite on this evening with a goal to raise money for the Braswell Arts Center and it's programs in an effort to #KeepBaselMoving. This year is extra special as we are fundraising for the new Braswell Arts Center at Aeschenplatz!

February 13th, 2022

7pm CET

Suggested Donation: CHF 30

Donate any amount to get your ticket. More info below:

Back at the Prix De Lausanne

I am soooo happy to be back at the Prix De Lausanne as Contemporary coach! This is one of my most inspiring jobs :)


The New BAC at Aeschenplatz

The New BAC at Aeschenplatz

The Braswell Arts Center is moving to a bigger more central location in Basel. Here is our video explaining the move. Please consider supporting our crowdfunding campaign!


We need your support!

Read more about the new center and donate to our crowdfunding campaign here:


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Video by Max Zachrisson
3D Model by Charlie Hui

On the Roche Tower

Did you guys see me projected on the Roche Tower!!! Crazy! Thank you to Roche for adding #dance to your party. I am so #grateful to be a part of your celebration. 🎉 Thank you to Charlie Hui at Viswerk for capturing the moment perfectly. 📸 Shout out to photographer Ida zenna for the dance shot. This was the first photo for "Ballett Dienstag" which is now called the Braswell Arts Center:


BAC Pre-Professional Training Program

Prix De Lausanne Summer Intensive

I am back at the Prix De Lausanne Summer intensive!!! I am super excited to work with these amazing young artists!

For more information on how you can join us in Lausanne visit here:

Summer Intensive

Here is the Facebook posts:


Here you can find my Prix De Lausanne teaching history:

Bolzano Danza

Happy to announce that I will be joining the Bolzano Danza Workshops team this year in Italy! I am very happy about that!

I am teaching Contemporary Jazz and Modern.

From Brooklyn to Bolzano 🥰 You can get more info and join me in Italy here:

🌞👊🏾#KeepBolzanoMoving #posterboy 📸 by Ismael Lorenzo

BAC Virtual Gala

Online Classes Subscription

Take my classes from anywhere in the world! After many requests, I am excited to announce that we are launching our online archive TODAY! 🎉 Our popular online classes are now open for the public to enjoy anytime, anywhere. 👊 For a small one-time fee, you will have a full year of access to our online class archive, full of dance and fitness classes taught by our very talented BAC Team. ❤️ And we're adding more each week! 🌈


For more information, and to sign up, visit:


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Teaching the Marymount Manhattan College Dance Company

Fantastic dancers in my contemporary class at the MMC Dance Company. It was a joy to teach the company through zoom!

I guess that is the a nice thing about zoom now my reach is much farther. Teaching in NYC? No problem!

The technical set up at the Braswell Arts Center is getting pretty serious now, cameras and microphones....

Lets go dance institutions! I am ready for your call....hahaha!




#KeepBaselMoving on Regio TV

We are grateful to have this a chance to share #KeepBaselMoving with the Basel public! Thank you Regio TV for believing in what we do and sharing your platform.

If you want to know more about our moment in collaboration with dance schools and fitness studios in Basel, please visit: keepbaselmoving


Jury Member of 2021 Prix de Lausanne

I am excited to be back at the Prix de Lausanne in 2021 and this time as a jury member!!!  I feel honored to be surrounded by such great artists and look forward to this special experience.

Here is an interview as a juror:

Check out the press release below:

We are very thrilled to announce the names of this 2021 Jury panel, once again made up of world-renowned dance personalities, who will gather in Lausanne next February to watch the 79 candidates’ videos and mark them.

The jury of the Video Edition will be made up of the following members:

  • Richard Wherlock – President of the jury, Prix de Lausanne 2021
    Director & Head Choreographer, Basel Ballet
  • Clairemarie Osta – Vice President of the jury, Prix de Lausanne 2021
    Head of ballet Department, Royal Swedish Ballet School / Étoile, Paris Opera Ballet
  • Armando Braswell
    Director, Braswell Arts Center / Contemporary dance teacher, Prix de Lausanne 2020
  • Kinsun Chan
    Director, Tanzkompanie Theater St. Gallen / Choreographer, Stage & Costume designer
  • Myrna Kamara
    Guest Artist & Teacher / Former Principal, Miami City Ballet / Former dancer, NYCB / Director & dancer, balletXtreme
  • Nicolas Le Riche
    Artistic Director, Royal Swedish Ballet / Étoile, Paris Opera Ballet
  • Ihsan Rustem
    Resident Choreographer, NW Dance Project (US) / Former Dancer, Ballet Theater Munich
  • Sarawanee Tanatanit
    Guest Artist & Founder, HOSTBKK Arts Center / Prize Winner, Prix de Lausanne 2001
  • Samuel Wuersten
    Director of the Holland Dance Festival, Co-director of the Codarts Arts University Rotterdam and Artistic Director of the  BA/MA Dance Program at the Zurich Arts University

Here you can find more information on the prix website:

Here is my "Prix page":

Stay tuned for more information and follow me on Facebook and Instagram for live updates!

Dialogues in Dance

It was a pleasure to be a part of Marymount Manhattan College Dialogues in Dance. "Dance in Color" was a stimulating and dynamic conversation on race, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the world of dance and education.
It was so nice to reconnect with old friends whowere also on the panel:
Janine Beckles - Philadanco
Nigel Campbell - MOVENYC
Linda Celeste Sims - Ailey
Iyun Harrison - Ailey II, DTH - he will also be moderating
A BIG thank you to director, Elena Commendador for inviting me to be a part of this.

Contemporary at ABT School

I had a FAB time teaching for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in NYC 🎉🙏🏾 Thank you Cynthia Harvey for the opportunity to work with these beauties 🌞 I brought my favorite percussionist, Fabio with me! 😎 #LiveMusicAlways #distancelearning #braswellarstcenter

Frei Art Festival 2020

I will be teaching Contemporary Ballet at this years FREI ART FESTIVAL!!!

September 12th , 2020 @ 10am

9. September bis 13. September 2020
Studio Pro Arte I Freiburg I Merzhausen


More information here:




Workshop and Performance at the Beyeler

So proud to share info about our audience dance workshop and special performance at the Fondation Beyeler Museum!!!!

A big thank you to the dancers and Beyeler Team!

Braswell Summer Arts Program

Join us for a fun week of multi-arts programming with the Braswell Arts Center. Offering full or half-day camp options for children ages 6 and up. Artistic mentoring with high-quality artists and teachers to inspire the next generation of young artists! Fun and engaging classes in all art forms. Join us!


June 29th - July 3rd

July 6th - July 10th

July 13th - July 17th

July 20th - July 24th

July 27th - July 31st

August 3rd - August 7th



Half-Day (9:00-12:00)        CHF 400 per week

Full-Day (9:00-17:00)        CHF 800 per week

Early Drop-Off (8:00-9:00)    CHF 25 per hour

Late Pick-Up (17:00-18:00)    CHF 25 per hour


English, German and French speaking staff.

Bring a packed lunch.  Znüni and Zveri is provided!

Secure facilities. Central, easily accessible studio with lots of sunlight.


8:00 - 9:00            Free Play (Early Drop-Off )

9:00 - 10:00          Dance / Movement

10:15 - 10:45        Znüni

11:00 - 12:00        Music / Composition

12:00 - 13:00        Lunch

13:00 - 15:00        Outing

15:15 - 15:45        Zvieri

16:00 - 17:00        Art / Crafts

17:00 - 18:00        Digital Art / Technology (Late Pick-Up)



Students learn creative ways to move their body while exploring elements of professional dance techniques. A special focus on basic composition and individuality, hopefully leading to a small creation. Our classes promote positive self-image and are for all ages and body types. This class is hard work, but lots of fun.



Our young artists are given a guided experience though multiple “colors” of Art. From painting to crafting to sculpture, artists are encouraged to create every day and mentored through different styles and basic techniques. This program also introduces elements of fashion and sustainable art, our walls will be full with daily exhibitions.



This class adds a computer to all art forms. Children are daily guided through a digital exploration of computer functions and programs and their impact on different art forms. Because each day is a new experience, this class aims to create a “digital diary” to encourage the students to “document” their time here, with a focus on video creation. Most importantly this class connects all art forms through a modern technology and gives each student a chance to shine.


Sign-up forms are provided for each week. Simply click desired week below.

All camps will take place at the Braswell Arts Center located at Austrasse 19 in Basel

To complete your registration, please use the provided form or send an email with your name, telephone number, your child’s age and which weeks you'd like to join to

As always, please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any further questions. We're looking forward to having your child with us!

Please send your payments to the following account:

Braswell Arts Center
IBAN: CH230023323320149401W

New Creation for TeleBasel

I am so grateful to create a new work for Basel television! Specifically TELEBASEL 👊🏾❤️

7pm tonight on Telebasel!

Music is by Bruno Raco!!! 🙌🏾


Thank you to my friends and Theater Basel Dancers:

Gaia Mentoglio

Lisa Horten Skillbrei

Rachelle Scott

Tana Rosas

Anthony Ramiandrisoa

Mirko Campigotto

Thank you Telebasel and BLKB for giving us the chance!

More information:

Armando Braswell Prix De Lausanne

Teaching LIVE for the Prix De Lausanne

So happy to be teaching LIVE contemporary class for the Prix De Lausanne! With all the ballet classes going around online, its nice to do something else :)


Thursday April 23, 2020  6pm at the

>> Prix De Lausanne Facebook Page <<


More information:

Armando on

My Free Online Dance Classes made the news! A big thank you to Bluewinn and Sula for taking the time to spread the word!

You can read the article online!




As you are all aware, the recent spread of the Coronavirus is a global concern which is developing and changing daily. Most recently, new restrictions have been put into place that forces us to stay closed until at least June 8th, 2021.

We need your support.

Free Live Online Ballet Class

Lead by Armando Braswell, and accompanied by pianist, Bruno Raco, who will be playing from Italy!

A guided beginner/intermediate level ballet barre with a makeshift "barre", chair or counter top. Or without a barre for a challenge!!!

Guided movement inside your house. Move your body. Stay healthy.




More dates to follow!

Dance Basel Festival

I am excited to announce DANCE BASEL. Like Art Basel is a platform for the worlds top visual Artist, Dance Basel is a platform for the world best choreographers. Our 3 day festival will showcase choreographers on a short high quality platform, combined with a live interview with the public.

We have Just received support from the Basel Cultural Department!!!! That is a BIG deal!!!! Hahahaha!

Even though we have this support, we must of course prove ourselves by raising the remainder. I have applications in for other funding sources, and I must raise a portion from crowdfunding!

Donation Link:

I know we have crowdfunded before, but I my answer to that is.... your support worked!!!! We enjoy a great success with one the top dance schools in Basel, A large community of adult dancers, and children... over 300 dance lovers!!! Started and supported by the international community. We are lucky that we can say that, and come back with a new project that is backed by the city straight away.

This festival has a great potential. Please consider supporting our festival. And If you can not give at this time, please share this on your social media platform....which goes a long way!

Donation Link:

Dance Performance and Workshops at Forum Würth Arlesheim

Dance performance and Artist Talk: «Everything is Poetry»


Dance performance and artist talk: “EVERYTHING IS POETRY”
SUN, January 26, 2020
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. followed by an aperitif
CHF 20.– / CHF 10 .– * / children up to 16 years free

BAC members are FREE

The New York-born professional ballet dancer and choreographer Armando Braswell will perform the dance performance “Everything is Poetry” in the middle of the art exhibition together with his dancers from the Ballett Theater Basel. The director of the Braswell Arts Center conceived his program exclusively for the Forum Würth Arlesheim, where, inspired by Joan Miró's poetic works, he interpreted it in dance and expressed its diversity in the form of movement.
Following the dance performance, the head of Forum Würth Arlesheim, Catherine Iselin, will conduct a live interview with Armando Braswell.

The live interview will take place in English.

* Discounts with Museums-PASS-Musées or KulturLeg

More info here:



Ballet workshops for adults with Armando Braswell


Ballet workshops for adults with Armando Braswell
SUN, January 26, 2020
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. training
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. choreography
CHF 20.– / CHF 15 .– *

Ballet means body language, expression and creativity. The workshops are aimed at all movement enthusiasts, regardless of their dance experience or body type, who enjoy expanding their dance skills. In the first part of the workshop, simple exercises, basics and the right technique are tested; in the second part learned simple choreographies and danced to musical accompaniment.


More information here:

Dance To NYC

The Braswell Arts Association introduces an intensive dance experience for professionals as well as amateurs--all in one central NYC location.


Together with donors and partner associations, Dance to NYC is a new artist exchange program taking place in the studios of the renowned LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, widely known as the “Fame” school, and consisting of two curriculums to cater to both professional and amateur dancers. The “Professional” group will be taught repertory from some of today’s leading choreographers and have the opportunity to work closely with experienced artists. The “People” group is for people of all levels and all body types who will enjoy high-quality classes in a supportive and inclusive atmosphere.


Alongside the classes, the program also includes organized panels and discussions with dance professionals coming from schools and companies like the Juilliard School, Alvin Ailey, New York City Ballet, etc. as well as scholarships available to the most talented students or those showing financial need.

Check out the website for more details!

Dance Workshops at Kunstmuseum Basel - Familientag

I am giving dance workshops for the whole family at family at the Basel Kunstmusuem!!! Bring your whole family and join us!

Dances into the future! Workshop for all with Armando Braswell, artist (EG, lecture hall)

  • 12.15–12.45 Uhr/ 13-13.30 Uhr / 13.45-14.15 Uhr / 14.30-15 Uhr / 15.15-15.45 Uhr

Make sure you register! :

Here is the official Kunstmuseum link:


Tanzt in die Zukunft! Workshop für alle mit Armando Braswell, Künstler (EG, Vortragssaal)
  • 12.15–12.45 Uhr/ 13-13.30 Uhr / 13.45-14.15 Uhr / 14.30-15 Uhr / 15.15-15.45 Uhr

Prix De Lausanne 2020

It is with great pleasure that I announce that I will teaching contemporary at the Prix De Lausanne Competition in February!!!! Aaaaahhhhh!!!!!!!! 🔥🔥🔥❤️❤️❤️

I am honored!

Thank you to Kathy and the Prix Team for your trust!

You can watch me teach LIVE online! Hahaha!


Here is the spotlight interview on the site!

Official Prix De Lausanne Trailer

Braswell Arts Association

After years of talking about it....I finally did it.





Now I can properly fundraise for our ambitious projects!


The Braswell Arts Association aims to:

  • educate children through education and exchange with the arts,
  • support emerging and established artists,
  • support collaboration and the creation of new works of art,
  • promote networking and entrepreneurship within the local and international arts community.

The association does not pursue any commercial purposes and is not for profit.



Fall Dance Workshops at Braswell Arts Center

Fall Dance Workshops

I am so proud of our new Fall Dance Workshops at the Braswell Arts Center!

Join us for an intensive two weeks of special dance workshops at the Braswell Arts Center. Offering many new styles and old favorites for all levels and all ages. No previous experience necessary! Our classes are for al levels and all body types.

September 30th -October 11th
More info here:

More info here:

Digital Dance

We were back at the beautiful space, Filter4, in Basel. Last time were here with the HIDDEN Project. This time it was for a special project by ETAVIS electricity company. We created an evening of dance with a special choreography I made just for the event. New music was made by Bruno Raco and Max Zachrisson. and a special video lighting created by Max Zachrisson. A luxury dinner with great food,provided by the restaurant Viertel-Kreis:

Thank you to Freddy and Olga for giving me this chance. Thank you to the dancers for your trust! Thank you to my partner and wife Lisa, who was there every night with us.

We had fun!!!


by Max Zachrission:

An evening of dance created for ETAVIS. Produced by the Braswell Arts Center and the Braswell Arts Association. Performance at the Filter4, in Basel.
Choreography: Armando Braswell
Music by Bruno Raco and Max Zachrisson.
Video lighting by Max Zachrisson
Lisa Braswell, Braswell Arts Center
Catering: Restaurant Viertel-Kreis:




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Strasbourg Dance Summer 2019

I am so happy to be a part of the ✴️ Strasbourg Dance Summer 2019 Festival!

From 26 to 30 August, I will be teaching Ballet!  💥🧡🤩 I am looking forward!

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Kinder Vernissage Workshops at Kunstmuseum Gegenwart

It was a Fun day at the Kunst Museum Gegenwart :) :) :)

A super fun kids project with the Kunstmuseum Basel!!! A special day of creativity with Armando Braswell, guiding the children through movement and creating our own DANCE.


Thank you to everyone who came! :) :) :)



Exklusiv Für Alle 2

I am so proud to have a second year of collaboration between Theater Basel and The Braswell Arts Center! Our students are looking wonderful on the Basel Schapielhaus stage! Thank you to Tom, Lucia, Patrick, Anja and the whole EFA team! This year was excellent!

And from iPhone :)

Main photo: 📸 Kim Culetto

Wildwuchs Festival

It was a lovely day with the Wildwuchs Festival! Thank you guys for including me in your celebration!

Wildwuchs page:


Tanzfest at BAC

Ballett Theater Basel at Tanzfest

For TANZFEST 2019, Ballett Theater Basel and the Braswell Arts Center worked together to create wonderful public events for the Basel community. The BAC hosted two dance workshops with the Ballett Masters of Ballett Theater Basel, Manuel Renard and Ayako Nakano.

As a second event, and in collaboration with the Basel Ballett Guild, we also hosted an Inside Ballett Theater Basel video screening and Apero. A small gathering with the team and the public to celebrate the official blog of Ballett Theater Basel and to watch our favorite videos and learn about our process.

It was so much fun to be a part of TANZFEST! looking forward to next year!

Video by Max Zachrisson.

Dance Alps Festival 2019

Join me for my 4th season at the Dance Alps Festival in Austria! Every year I go and its like the first time when I see the beauty of those mountains :)

I am teaching Classical Ballet for all levels and all body types! AND like last year I am bringing my pianist with me!!! Don't miss this chance to dance with LIVE MUSIC!


For more information please visit here:

Joachim Reiderer

Basel Performance Project w/ Armando

Hello Everyone!

I am searching for 3 to 4 good dancers for a paid dance performance project in Basel in September. Would prefer someone in the Basel Area or a cheap flight away. ( Berlin, etc. ) We will rehearse at the Braswell Arts Center and the performance will be at the IWB Filter 4. High quality work. If you are interested please just send email to



Searching for professional freelance dancers for performance opportunity in Basel, Switzerland with choreography from Armando Braswell.

A mixed media dance piece that involves video. A newly created dance performance in three parts. A special performance series at the IWB Filter 4.


Potential rehearsal period:

Mo. 2. September to Fri. 6. September


Performance Days: 

Event time approximately 18:00-22:00.

Mo. 9. September 2019 (General Rehearsal)

Di. 10. Mi. 11. und

Do. 12. September 2019

Di. 17. Mi. 18. und

Do. 19. September 2019

Di. 24. Mi. 25. und

Do. 26. September 2019


Armando Braswell is a Juilliard Graduate from NYC. He has danced for professional dance companies in New York, Munich, Stuttgart and is currently a soloist with Ballett Theater Basel in Switzerland. Armando’s was a finalist at the International Competition for Choreographers in Hannover. He has presented his work at the International Solo-Dance- Theatre Festival in Stuttgart and the Noverre-Gesellschaft evening with the Stuttgart Ballet. Armando is the director of the Braswell Arts Center, a popular arts space in Basel. Event choreography credits include, So You Think You Can Dance in Ukraine, 2016 World Expo, Revlon runway choreography, music videos and JURA international. Armando has also created numerous “Ballets” for galas and the theater concert dance stage. For more information, please visit the about section.


If you are interested please just send email to

2019 Conero Dance Festival

Starting off my summer teaching in Italy at the Conero Dance Festival! This is a new festival for me, and I am so excited to go! :)

Come and dance with me! #cdfancona


For more information on the festival please visit here:
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Prix de Lausanne Armando Braswell

Armando at the Prix de Lausanne

Very excited to announce that I will be working with the 2020 Prix de Lausanne this summer! I am so excited!!!!!!

Kathryn Bradney, Artistic and Executive Director : "This exciting new project comes from our desire to seek out young gifted dancers by talent scouting in our homeland of Switzerland and in Europe. Our aim is to create an educational and unique summer program that will encourage, guide and inspire dancers toward their goals. The professional team of top-quality teachers and coaches will focus on perfecting technique as well as developing creativity and artistry. I am really looking forward to this exceptional summer experience!"[0]=68.ARCpcGec_igvRAhHVmEhAV2UNN_C9UVvU2CjETB4sIu7-BBjSXd-kdopJ0zAO86BZGUOktUKkZlKzgFmlLolYp5hcAqQaNTP53is2VoqyODaLmMn2TwANsqRrIVTAzqe2iAtyuKUMFhzhYvO3gdpxNpEi4qxICw_-16Y5LOEpAIYQ4-m9dhbu-W55ZyB0s6_KuXo0ieQ-avrRj2vtvHbVgTsITFTZEKsAUtD6baZrv34xqZyxkHpT9x1K9dBofwst9WX__UrTy2nBpJUndV3Jl2KVodFUsVUwQr82ZMK9WrBZ_o2eanHyNh-mnnNAwekBIwAAr-S1cRYSmpV4_DUqAVHiw&__tn__=-R

For more information about the summer program, please take a look at this link:


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