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:

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!

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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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!

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

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

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!

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

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 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:

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:


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:

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:


2019 Braswell Arts Center workshop

Gaga at BAC

I know I have been saying that I was going to do this FOREVER! So finally..... Gaga at the Braswell Arts Center! I am so excited! :) :) :)

Open to all ages and all body types as always. And Beginners are of course welcome!


What is Gaga?

Gaga/people classes are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. Teachers guide the participants using a series of evocative instructions that build one on top of the other. Rather than copying a particular movement, each participant in the class actively explores these instructions, discovering how he or she can interpret the information and perform the task at hand. Gaga/people classes offer a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.


Also on the menu is Lyrical Jazz with me!!! That is always fun!


You can sign up online and find more information here: or simply just send an email to:


Olivia Ancona, Gaga



Olivia Ancona was born in San Francisco, however grew up in Berkeley, London, and predominately Portland, Oregon. After training at the Juilliard School, she joined the Batsheva Ensemble (2010-2012) under the direction of Ohad Naharin and returned to the main company in 2015. Olivia was a founding member of Sharon Eyal’s LEV, and has worked with Mats EK, Johan Inger, Wim Vandekeybus in the Royal Swedish Ballet, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Eastman) and Luca Veggetti, amongst others. Most recently she was a guest with the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and in the fall of 2016 danced, acted, and coached in the recently premiered film, Suspiria, directed by Luca Guadagnino. She is a certified gaga teacher and regularly teaches workshops and classes internationally, as well as staging Sharon Eyal’s works. She is currently based out of Berlin.


You can sign up online and find more information here: or simply just send an email to:

Lecture at the Juilliard School

It was a great lecture at the Juilliard School for the Senior seminar class. The topic was Securing a job in Europe. Thank you Alicia and team for a great class. Here are a few of my favorite quotes I collected for the lecture.........


Be aware. Be informed. There is really no excuse in this day and age to not know what type of company you are auditioning for. My friends from other companies say the same and it can come off disrespectful. Make triple sure that you have the names spelled correctly and are addressing the person in a very polite way. You can never be too polite. Try not to give the I need any job template email attitude.

-CRISTIANA SCIABORDI -Ballett Theater Basel Ballett Master

Within the process of an audition I always want to first get to know the background, experience and technique of the dancers who apply for a position with our company. Therefore we ask them to forward video(s) with whatever material they can provide and if possible contemporary variations. It can be an improvisation as well as a sequence from the repertoire they are dancing at the moment. For me as ballet director it is just vital to get a closer view of the dancer's technical abilities and her or his personality. Any video material over-sophisticated or too elaborated camera work  can blur the view on the individuality and uniqueness of the respective dancer. Therefore my overall advice for the presentation is to keep it simple and honest.

-GOYO MONTERO - Staatstheater Nürnberg Director 

Present videos that are clear, well lit and show you dancing to music, not with music overlaid on a bunch of movement. Make an impression by presenting how you work, not only relying on being a good mover.

-TAMAS MORITZ - Royal Ballet Of Flanders Assoiate Director 

Personality. Physicality. Like a sponge, ready to learn and to work. Hungry. To complete yourself not only as a dancer, but also as a person. I always say its pretty easy these days to find good dancers, but not so easy to find good people.

-STEPHEN DELATTRE - Delattre Dance Company 


Interview with Regio Aktuell

Check out Lisa and I in the Regio aktuell!!! We are so proud and grateful, and happy. Thank you for giving us a chance to speak about our project and our passion.

Armando Braswell wuchs in New York auf, jetzt nennt er Basel sein Zuhause. In seinem neuen Braswell Arts Center will der gefeierte Solo-Tänzer an der Austrasse 19 unter anderem Kinder unterrichten und regionalen und internationalen Künstlern eine Plattform bieten.

Read the article here:…/menschen/2017-08-02-16-11-37.html

Interview on Wie wär's mal mit blog!!!

Check us out on the Wie wär's mal mit blog!!!! in German AND English :) Go Ballett Dienstag!!!!

"Armando Braswell not only teaches you ballet but also how to dream big. How so? – Check out our Ballett Dienstag interview:



Ballett Dienstag in New Home

So happy to announce that our dance community called, Ballett Dienstag, has finally moved into its new home at the Braswell Arts Center ( ).


Braswell Arts Center

Austrasse 19

4051 Basel



Come and visit us! :)


Dance Alps 2017

This year I returned to the Dance Alps Festival in Austria. It was so nice to be back with those passionate dancers. It was a great experience.


This year I had the honor of working with Mallorcan artists MAGNETIKA while I was there. It was such an experience.... look out for our next collaboration in Basel!


Here is some more information on the work:

For more information about the Festival:

For more information about the artists:

Migros Kulturprozent Talentwettbewerbs Armando Braswell

Migros Kulturprozent Talentwettbewerbs

Nice to be back at the Zurich Opera House for the Migros Kulturprozent Talentwettbewerbs. I know I say this every year, but... the kids are getting better and better. It was nice to see some familiar faces and some new ones also. Thank you to Richard Wherlock and the Migros team for having me. Photographer Miriam Elias documented the competition beautifully.

Migros Kulturprozent Talentwettbewerbs Armando Braswell

Migros Kulturprozent Talentwettbewerbs Armando Braswell

Migros Kulturprozent Talentwettbewerbs Armando Braswell

Migros Kulturprozent Talentwettbewerbs Armando Braswell

More about photographer Miriam Elias:  //

Ballett Dienstag Summer Workshops

Ballet Dienstag Summer Workshops


June 26 – July 2, 2017


 @BRASWELL ARTS CENTER – Austrasse 19, CH4051 Basel


For all levels and all body types


210CHF – pro 6 class subscription


More information here :

Sign up:  

or use the provided online form.




More information here :

Braswell Arts Center

What is the Braswell Arts Center about?

After many years of thinking of a way to bridge the gap between art and the public, the idea for the Braswell Arts Center was born. Our Arts Center will offer quality classes and provide a space for creativity, collaboration and innovation in all art forms. The newly designed space will be fully transformable for professional dance performances, concerts, gallery exhibits, and special events. We also see this as a chance to collaborate with the Basel arts community, schools and sponsors to provide a new and fresh initiative for emerging artists and underprivileged kids called the «Braswell Arts Center Public Education Exchange Program». Through the newly established Braswell Arts Center Fund, we can support our new programs to offer free movement and performance classes as well as development and performance opportunities for artists worldwide.

How you can help:

This is why we need your support:

While we are extremely excited about the future of the Braswell Arts Center, this is a huge undertaking for us. We have many important costs to cover in order to put our dreams for the Arts Center into action. While we plan to put our own money where our mouth is, the total start-up budget for the whole project is rather large. We are asking the public to help us with the biggest cost we have at the moment…the SPRUNG DANCE FLOOR. A professional, sprung floor is the second step (after the building) to realizing our goal and, due to the size of the space, costs quite a bit. We would be eternally grateful for your donation to help us with this cost. It would bring us one step closer to achieving our goal of creating a space to offer quality classes and social programs – therefore, establishing a more approachable and less intimidating public relationship with art and artists.

How you can help:


While each donation is received with our sincerest gratitude, we wanted to have some fun with this and are happy to provide some pretty cool rewards to our donors, including tickets to a performance at Theater Basel and a one-year FREE membership to ALL Ballet Dienstag classes!

Should we, somehow, someway, overshoot our goal, all donations will go directly to preparing the building for opening in August 2017. These costs include architectural design services, construction, electricians, barres, mirrors, sound equipment, etc. etc. We have many wonderful and exciting ideas for ways to make the Arts Center a state-of-the-art artistic hub in Basel, available to not only professional artists around the world, but also to the next generation of artists growing up in our local community.

This center has come to feel like a lifelong journey that is so close to reaching an incredible chapter and, while scary in the best of ways, the excitement leading up to it is palpable — not only within our family, but also within the many people who have supported us along the way.

As some of you may know, our founder, Armando Braswell, had a difficult childhood and was very generously helped and guided throughout the years to reach this point in his life. We share his TEDx talk below to represent his deep-rooted passion in dreaming big, despite the odds, but also to honor those who stood by him every step of the way.

With you all by our sides, we believe we can make it.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for considering donating to our project. We are indescribably grateful.



How you can help:

Teaching Modern Jazz at LUCA Tanzprojekte in Stuttgart


I will be teaching MODERN JAZZ at the LUCA Tanzworkshops in Stuttgart!


SAMSTAG 19. November 2016


I am looking forward to seeing my Stuttgart peeps! Let's Dance!


12:15-13:45 Uhr--Modern Jazz Armando Braswell (M/F)
14:00-15:30 Uhr -- Modern Jazz Armando Braswell (A/M)


For more information about the classes please visit:

Armando returns to the DANCE ALPS FESTIVAL

I am back! I will be teaching Modern Jazz at the Dance Alps Festival in Austria. Last year we had a blast! This year I will bring new combos and lots of energy!

Are you ready?


More information:




Armando teaching at The Playground NYC!!!

I am so honored to be teaching at THE PLAYGROUND NYC!!!I I have always admired this series, and now I get to be a part of it!

Come and play :)

July 26th 12pm - 2pm


@ Gibney Dance: 280 Broadway

Limited space available. 1 day only!



For more information on the Playground and the schedule, please go here:



Feedback video!

Armando teaching at MIGROS KULTUR PROZENT

I'm Back :)

I will be teaching again at this years Migros Kultur Prozent Scholarship audition.

I was so impressed with the scholarship candidates last year! It is really a pleasure to come again and work with the new crop of Switzerland's young and talented dancers.

Check out some cool photos form LAST YEAR below from: Miriam Elias FOTOGRAFIE


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Ballett Dienstag

About Ballett Dienstag

 Introducing a ballet class with Juilliard Graduate and Ballett Basel soloist, Armando Braswell. With a LIVE pianist!!!

Classical dance with its precise rules is a great training opportunity for physical posture and movement. But not only the body is trained. Rhythmic sense and musicality, power of observation, concentration and memory are just as important. Therefore, learning the language of classical ballet is great for everyone – comparable to learning a musical instrument. Add to that, the positive effect on the body and the joy of movement.

NEW January 2016 session information

NEW Thursday Ballet

A new ballet class for all levels. With a live pianist.

18:15 – 19: 15 @ Unternehmen Mitte

In collaboration with ballet teacher:
Andrea Tortosa Vidal, (Ballett Basel soloist)

AND amazing pianist:
Bruno Raco, (Amazing we have him!)

Price per session
2 Classes X 30 CHF
= 690 CHF per session

Special Deal
Already taking class on Tuesday?
20CHF X 23 lessons
= 460CHF

January: 14, 21, 28
February: 4, 11, 18, 25
March: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April: 7, 14, 21, 28
May: 5, 12, 19, 26
June:2, 9,16

Start the new year off right!

If you have any questions please just ask!

NOW accepting new students

For more information please E-mail:

Ballett Dienstag Beginners

A new class for absolute beginners.

Tuesday 19:00-20:00

Now accepting new students

25 Classes X 30 CHF= 750 CHF

Ballett Dienstag

Back by popular demand!

Tuesday 20:15 – 21:45 – (new time)

Limited number of spaces available.

25 Classes X 35 CHF= 875 CHF

Session information

January 5, 2016 – June 21, 2016

This session has 25 classes

January 5, 12, 19, 26

February 2, 9, 16, 23

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

April, 5, 12, 19, 26

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

June 7, 14, 21

All classes at take place at:

Unternehmen Mitte

Gerbergasse 30, Basel
4th floor, Langer Saal

More information on the

Unternehmen Mitte Website

Quick Registration Form 


Frequently Asked Questions

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OperAvenir movement coach

I am happy to announce that this year I am the new movement coach for the OperAvenir – The Opera studio at Theater Basel. I hope to help these young singers gain a greater awareness of their body and also improve strength, balance and flexibility. It is amazing to work with these talented singers, they are eager to learn... fresh energy.




Armando and OperaAvenir director, Stephen Delaney.


For more information about the  program and artists please visit:


Teaching at the Dance Alps Festival in Austria

My first time teaching in Austria! I am teaching MODERN JAZZ at the DANCE ALPS FESTIVAL. Last gig of the summer :)

More information here: Dance Alps pdf


Teaching for Migros kulturprozent in Zurich

This year I was invited to teach the modern dance training for the Migros Kulturprozent Tanz competition at the Zurich Operahaus. There was a lot of good students this year... it will be a hard decision.


Check out some cool photos below from: Miriam Elias FOTOGRAFIE











Photos by : Miriam Elias FOTOGRAFIE

real talk with armando braswell

Real Talk is here!

My Column Real Talk with Armando Braswell is LIVE!!! I am sooo happy :)

Get your issue of DANCE FOR YOU magazine and tell me what you think!

My favorite answer from Lydia Bustinduy:

on dancing with someone you don't get along with...

Dancing with someone you do not get along with is, forgive my comparison, like wearing an uncomfortable shirt. After wearing it for a while, one gets used to it and maybe it even becomes one of your favorite shirts.




Armando featured in the Basler Zeitung Newspaper

What a nice surprise!

An English translation is below.

A Rough English translation:


From New York City to Basel

Armando Braswell dances his third season at the Theater Basel - and is excited about the new home.
His kids will love the Zolli. And the Autumn Fair, the many treats - or ride on the carousel. The proximity of the Rhine. And the playgrounds in the park. If Armando Braswell sees his two sons Noah and Gabe grow up in Basel, carefree and safe, he is grateful. For he himself had a difficult childhood, had to fight through bite zweitweise. The dancers grew up in the major American metropolis of New York. When he was 9 years old, he lost his biological mother, Armando and his twin sister came to adoptive parents. His "new" mother took care of ten children, she was overwhelmed financially, what the children were feeling. Eventually, the house burned down, there was Braswell 16. "I've decided to move out and continue to stand on their own two feet." He stayed with friends on the floor, on the couch, sometimes in hallways. During this time he danced a lot, several hours a day, cut on his technique. "For two years, the dancing everything for me, it gave me confidence and new courage to face life," says the Americans. At 18, he danced at the Juilliard School, one of the most respected and recognized music conservatories in the world. Only twelve men are taken annually, Braswell did not make it on the first try. A year later, he convinced the strict jury - and was able to resume the study: "The four years were incredibly intense, and hard. More than once I wanted to stop. It is constantly compared with others is never good enough. I was mentally to my limits, "he says. A teacher believed in his talent and finally persuaded him to quit the study. "I'm the first one in our family who managed a degree. This fills me with pride. "

First Munich, then Stuttgart

Two weeks later, he left with his wife Lisa, who he has known since college, New York to audition in Munich. He managed thanks to the recommendation of a friend at the Theater am Gärtnerplatz, danced there for one year. Then, as the artistic director joined the couple Braswell moved on to Stuttgart. He was one of the founding members of the dance ensemble "Gauthier Dance". For five years he remained in Stuttgart. He repeatedly asked about Basel, "the ballet has an excellent international reputation." In 2012, he was able to convince the ballet director Richard Wherlock the audition and got a permanent contract in ballet ensemble. That was 2012. Today, the American and lives with his family in width district, directly on the Rhine - and is excited about the city. "Basel is alive, provides day and night cultural events. I find here everything I need to live, "says one, who grew up in the big city of New York. The dancer shakes his head: "New York is not as glamorous as many believe. Only those who have money, you can live without worries. Without it can also be very hard. "That's why Braswell sees his future here in a European city like Basel. They offer better prospects for his children who already speak German.

Lisa's Cupcakes

His wife Lisa wants to establish its own foothold here, she bakes cupcakes Armando Braswell must test every day. "As a dancer I train enough to I can afford it," he says with a wink. He is aware that he is one with 31 already for the older iron. "I dance as long as I can dance," he says on his future plans addressed. His own blog - "L'interview de l'air", which he feeds every two weeks with a new artist portrait, have awakened another passion in him to take those for writing, journalism foot, would thus be an option for him: "What I learned as a teenager in New York: There's always a new chance at life. You just have to believe in it. "

Luca Tanzworkshop in Stuttgart

I am teaching at the LUCA Tanzworkshops!!!

July 26th and 27th 2014 in Stuttgart.


Probebühne des Theaterhauses Stuttgart

Löwentorstr. 66-70 Gebäude 6a+6,

Löwentorbogen, 70376 Stuttgart


Einzelbelegung pro Person: 30,00 € / Kurs (1 Kurs = 90 min)
Einzelbelegung pro Person: 40,00 € / Kurs (1 Kurs = 120 min)
Paket (Nur für 90 Minutenkurse gültig! ) 10% Rabatt auf den regulären Einzelkurspreis (pro Person): Ein Paket bildet sich bei einer Buchung von 4 Kursen. Kurse sind NICHT übertragbar)


Kurs 3: 14:00-15:30 Uhr Modern Jazz (A/M)

Kurs 5: 17:30-19:00 Uhr Modern Jazz (M/F)


Kurs 8: 14:00-15:30 Uhr Modern Jazz (A/M)

Kurs10: 17:30-19:00 Uhr Modern Jazz (M/F)
A= Anfänger, M= Mittelstufe, F= Fortgeschrittene/Profis


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