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Dalal Achcar is a Brazilian ballet master, choreographer,[1] artistic director and producer.

Early life and education

Achcar was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Lebanese parents.


In the 1960s Achcar was the head of the Rio de Janeiro Ballet Association,[2] [3]She presented 90 shows in the main European capitals using music by Villa-Lobos and Cláudio Santoro, and contributions from Manuel Bandeira, Vinícius de Moraes, Di Cavalcanti and Burle Marx.

In 1962 Achcar founded, with Maria Augusta Morgenroth, the Ballet School of the Castro Alves Theater in Salvador.[4] In 1968 this school developed into the Brazilian Ballet of Bahia, of which she became artistic director. She introduced the Royal Academy of Dance method in dance teaching throughout the country, guiding schools and academies.

In 1967, Achcar arranged popular performances of well known ballet dancers Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev at the Maracanãzinho gymnasium to popularize ballet in Brazil.[5][6]

In 1971 Achcar, with Maria Luisa Noronha, opened the Centro de Arte e Cultura Ballet Dalal Achcar, a school delivering ballet instruction to children and professionals, offering guidance with technical and artistic training for instructors, and maintaining an assistance program in the area of dance for needy children and teenagers in risky areas.[7]

Achcar created the first higher dance professors training course in Brazil, at the Faculdade da Cidade (to-day UniverCidade) in Rio de Janeiro.

In the 1980s Achcar produced Brazilian classics, creating Floresta Amazônica (Amazon Forest)[8][9] on Villa-Lobos music and featuring Gabriela, with author Jorge Amado, Caribé, Edu Lobo and choreographer Gilberto Motta.

In 1986 Achcar organized the II International Dance Festival in Rio de Janeiro and lectured on "The Latin American Ballet and its Development" at the II Latin American Conference of Experts on Ballet, in Caracas.

She was the artistic Director of the Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and twice president of the Fundação Theatro Municipal.[4] She arranged the first performances in Brazil of international companies, including the Royal Ballet, the Ballet de l´Opéra de Paris, and the American Ballet Theatre. She founded the Association of Friends of Teatro Municipal, and developed the ´Education with Art` program at the Municipal, with music, opera and ballet performances accompanied by teaching materials; the performances were seen by thousands of students from Rio de Janeiro schools. She organized dance shows in the city parks to introduce the mass public to ballet. In association with Funarte, she inaugurated the Memory Series, preparing biographies of artists that made up the history of music, opera and dance at the Theatro Municipal; in 2013 50 books have been published.

In 2003 Achcar created the Companhia Jovem El Paso, which premiered in 2004 the show Superbacana: Dançando a Tropicália. Later the company changed its name to Companhia Jovem de Ballet do Rio de Janeiro. The company performs at the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and tours Brazil with new dances by choreographers Eric Frederic, Vassili Sulich and Luis Arrieta.

Achcar developed several other choreographic works, among which are The Nutcracker,[10] Don Quijote, Abelard and Heloise, and Something Special, staged in several international centers such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Tokyo, La Habana and Santiago de Chile, with artists such as Natalia Makarova, Marcia Haydée and Fernando Bujones.

She has published several articles and books, among which are: Jornal da Dança (1972), Ballet – Arte, Técnica e Interpretação (A technical and didactic book – 1979), Ballet – Uma Arte, (1998), A Cultura no Terceiro Mundo – ABL (1999) and Istanbul – A Fascinating City (Guide of Istanbul, 2011)

Awards and Honours

Appointed by the Brazilian Dance Council official representative of Brazil at the UNESCO Conseil International de la Dance

In 2014 Achcar is a member of the council and vice-president of the Iberian-American Association of Dance Specialists, a body connected to the Organization of American States (OAS), and is a member of the Executive and Artistic Committee of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Personal life

Achcar is the widow of federal deputy Luiz Fernando Bocayuva Cunha with whom she had a son Amir.


  1. ^ "Ensaistas brasileiras: Mulheres que escreveram sobre literatura e artes de 1860 a 1991". The Free Library.
  2. ^ Don Rubin; Carlos Solorzano (8 October 2013). World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: The Americas. Taylor & Francis. pp. 74–. ISBN 978-1-136-35928-6.
  3. ^ Mary Clarke; David Vaughan (1977). The Encyclopedia of dance & ballet. Pitman.
  4. ^ a b Debra Craine; Judith Mackrell (19 August 2010). The Oxford Dictionary of Dance. Oxford University Press. pp. 77–. ISBN 0-19-956344-6.
  5. ^ Meredith Daneman (2004). Margot Fonteyn. Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-84370-1.
  6. ^ Leslie Edwards; Graham Bowles (2003). In Good Company: Sixty Years with the Royal Ballet. Dance Books. ISBN 978-1-85273-097-0.
  7. ^ "YAGP to Present THE MAKING OF AN ARTIST, 1/27". Broadway World.
  8. ^ "New and Renewed: Opera Houses Open in Paris and Brazil; Arias Grace the Amazon Once Again" by JAMES BROOKE, Special to The New York Times, March 19, 1990
  9. ^ "Arts Invade Rio for Earth Summit". by JAMES BROOKE, New York Times June 1, 1992
  10. ^ "Mostra de Dança homenageia Tatiana Leskova e Dalal Achcar". Aquidauana News (in Portuguese). Retrieved 22 March 2015.

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