João Pedro Menegussi

1998, BR


João was born in Vitória, Brazil, and starts at the age of five years his first ballet lessons at the Escola de Dança Mónica Tenore in his hometown, where he receives training of different dance styles and - techniques until 2013. 

2011 and 2012 he takes part at the Festival de Dança Joinville in Brazil as well as at the Youth American Grand Prix. In 2012 he enters the Youth American Grand Prix Finale and wins a scholarship at the Harid Conservatory, USA. 

In the school year 2012-13 João begins his dance training at the Tanz Akademie Zurich and continues his dance training at the study level 6 in the school year 2013-14. Therefore he receives a scholarship from the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation as well as for the school year 2014 for his 2nd and 2015-16 for his 3rd and final year of training in the main study at the Tanz Akademie Zurich.

In 2016, he reaches the final of the Prix de Lausanne competition. In July, he successfully completes his training at the Tanzakademie in Zurich with the Federal Skills Certificate (EFZ) as a ballet dancer. He receives his first engagement at the Studio Company of the American Ballet Theater in New York. In the documentary of the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation The Making of a Dream, he is one of the protagonists.

João joins the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in September 2016, becoming an apprentice with the main Company in December 2017 and joins the corps de ballet in June 2018. His repertoire includes the Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s “The Nutcracker” and a featured role in “Deuce Coupe”, as well as roles in all the Company’s full-length ballets.

On the 23rd of November 2020 João makes history together with dance fellow Calvin Royal III in the American Ballet Theatre first all-male pas de deux piece “Touché” choreographed by Christopher Rudd. The piece makes its debut opening the ABT’s virtual season together with three other world premieres. “Touché” is a balletic love story starring two men and is also a monumental step forward in the art form.