Sandro Barbosa

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Sandro Barbosa was born in Santa Mariana, Brazil, and began dancing in Curitiba, Brazil with the Junak Polish Dance Ensemble and with the professional Studio D Ballet School. In 1986, he performed with the Junak Ensemble in the International Festival of Polish Folk Ensembles in Rzeszow, Poland. From his performance in the festival, Sandro was awarded a scholarship by the Minister of Culture and Education to study Polish culture aSandrond folk dance in Poland. Sandro completed a four year program in Ethnography at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and a four year scholarship program in choreography at the Marie Curie University of Lublin. Sandro also studied with the Igor Moisseyev Ballet and the State Ensemble Beriozka Teachers Program in Konin, Poland and Moscow, Russia.


Sandro began dancing in Poland with the "Nowa Huta Dance & Song Ensemble" under the direction of professor Anatol Kocylowski and began his professional dance career with the State Folk Ensemble "Slask" under the direction of Professor Stanislaw Hadyna. Sandro remained with "Slask" for seven years and during this time he was also Artistic Director and Choreographer of the "Czestochowa Song and Dance Ensemble.  While under his direction the ensemble won the Gold "Peacock Feather" in Tarnow in 1993 and the first place in the "Earthen Fug" Festival in Poland in 1994.  Sandro was presented with an Achievement Award from the city of Czestochowa, for the research and reconstruction of the "Czestochowa Wedding".

Sandro has instructed dance courses in Poland, conducted workshops and has prepared choreographies for ensembles throughout Europe, South America and North America.

In Canada he has directed the Sokol Polish Song & Dance Ensemble and the Sokol School of Dance in Winnipeg. Additionally, he was the Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Polish Folk Dance Ensemble SPK Iskry from march 1999 to 2007.

In 2002, Sandro's choreography of the Haunted Manor (Straszny Dwor) mazurka, won first place in the Rzeszow International Dance Festival in Poland.

In August of 2010, Sandro became the Artistic Director of the "Polanie Polish Song and Dance Association" in Calgary, Alberta.

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