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The Teachers of Escola da Companhia de Dança de Almada, (Company School) are:


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Bruno Duarte

Bruno has a degree in Dance from Escola Superior de Dança, (ESD), Lisbon. In 2011 he was an ERASMUS student in ARTEZ Dance Academy, Holland, completing the "Minor Dancer" program. He performed pieces by Jorge Andrade, Amélia Bentes and Madalena Victorino at ESD and at the Grupo Experimental de Dança, (GED), (2011/2) and Quórum Ballet, (2013), companies. He was a dancer in Staccato - Companhia de Dança Contemporânea, (2004/11) and Companhia de Dança de Almada (2013). He was the co-creator of the pieces "Metamorphosis", for Culturgest, (2011/2), "P48", (videodance), presented at the 20th Quinzena de Dança de Almada, (2012) and "5" (videodance), presented at the Caldas Late Night, (Portugal), L'art difficile de filmer la danse, (Belgium) and InShadow, (Portugal), festivals, receiving the public’s choice award for best video dance in the competition. He also choreographed "someone else ago" for the BOXNOVA program, Centro Cultural de Belém, (2013). He has participated in workshops and seminars with Mikael Fau and Pauline Journé, (France), João da Silva, (Brazil), Siri Dybwik, (Norway) and Jack Gallagher, (USA), amongst others. Between 2004 and 2012 he taught contemporary dance and urban rhythms in Annarella – Academia de Ballet e Dança, Medimorisa – Health Academy and in Associação de Solidariedade do Académico de Leiria.



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Carla Albuquerque

Carla studied classical dance from the age of seven working under the tutelage of several teachers including Michèle Destréez, Patrick Hurde, Ruth Silk and Mark de Graef. She went on to study modern dance, jazz, tap and contemporary dance. She’s taken part in various complementary training courses in dance including Estágio Internacional de Dança de Lisboa, 14th Barbara Fewster Internship in England, Stage-Danse Monpellier, Master's Class in France amongst others. In 1998 she entered Escola Superior de Dança, Lisbon, where she completed her degree in Dance-Branch of Education in June 2002. Since then she’s given lessons in Classical and Creative Dance and Music and Movement for babies in several schools, having held the post of Director of Education at the Academia de Dança de Lisboa between September 2003 and July 2005. She’s participated in several courses and seminars dedicated to dance education in school and pre-school age including a Pedagogic Internship headed by Professor Alain Davesne, president of Association Française des Maîtres de Dance Classique, Movement Improvisation and Rhythm with Edwin Gordon and Dance in Compulsory Education, supervised by Maurizio Padovan.




Maria Franco

Born in Almada, Maria began her training in Spanish dance with Célia Neves. In 1975 she attended the Escola de Bailado da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon. In 1979 she graduated from the Conservatório Nacional. She won a scholarship from the Secretaria de Estado da Cultura, in 1986, to study in the USA. She participated in several contemporary dance, Jazz Composition and Improvisation workshops in Portugal and abroad, the highlights of which were working with Stephan Petronio, Carolyn Carlson, Malou Airaud, Zeca Nunes, (ACARTE), Peter Gross, Joseph Russillono, Richard Levi, Michele Kadison, Joe Canteri, Jennifer Muller and Lenny Williams. She attended the seminars for teachers promoted by Escola Superior de Dança, with Barbara Fewster, Director of the Royal Ballet School, obtaining diplomas from the 1st to 8th courses, (O.B.E. - F.I.S.T.D). She has a diploma from the Imperial Classical Ballet School. Maria was a dancer with Grupo Experimental de Dança Jazz and Companhia de Dança de Lisboa. From 1976 to 1998 she taught in Academia Almadense in Almada, where she formed and drove the artistic professional career of numerous young people with the creation in 1990 of Grupo de Dança de Almada, currently Companhia de Dança de Almada. Maria was on the faculty of Estúdio Escola de Dança Clássica Anna Mascolo, (1981-1983). She taught and took over the direction of vocational training courses in Companhia de Dança de Lisboa, (1986-1988). She was on the faculty of Ginásio Clube Português, directing the Jazz dance class, (1984-2013). Since 1990 she’s organised various training activities, internships and workshops for children, youth and adults. In 1998 Maria founded the school of Companhia de Dança de Almada, of which she is director and teacher.



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Maria José Bernardino

Maria was born in Almada in 1971. In 1983 she began her dance training in Academia Almadense under Teresa Resende and Maria Franco. In 1985 she entered integrated vocational training courses in the dance school of Companhia de Dança de Lisboa. (Lisbon Dance Company). From 1990 to 1999 she was a dancer with Companhia de Dança de Almada, the highlights of which were working with Clara Andermatt, Amélia Bentes, Jordi Cortés Molina and Peter Michael Dietz. In 1994 she attended a theatrical initiation course and performed in and co-created all of Maria João Garcia pieces until 1998. As an independent dancer she took part in "Dança com Lorca", ("Dancing with Lorca"), a work by Yolanda Alves and the "Empty Box" project along with Cláudia Dias and Maria João Garcia. She was a dancer with Associação Cultural Ninho de Víboras. Since 1999 she’s teaches Creative, Classical and Contemporary dance at Escola da Companhia de Dança de Almada. (Company school).



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Rita Judas

Rita trained at has a degree from Escola de Dança do Conservatório Nacional and Escola Superior de Dança, Lisbon. She began her career as a dancer in UPE Dança in1987, with the choreographer Vasco Wallenkamp. She was a dancer and choreographer with Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo, (1998-2007) and was responsible for the educational programs of the company from 2001 to 2006. As a dancer and co-choreographer, she participated in the Companhia CIM, (Companhia Integrada Multidisciplinar), project in collaboration with Associação VO'Arte and the Associação Portuguesa de Paralisia Cerebral. Rita participated in the BY-PASS project, (a workshop of Architecture in dialogue with the body in motion), under the direction of Rui Horta in Portugal and Germany. She was a teacher of Creative Movement and Contemporary Dance in the creation project of Centro de Experimentação Artística do Vale da Amoreira. She’s currently helping train youngsters in Centro Juvenil do Monte da Caparica and is a teacher in primary schools and of dance.

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Susana Rosendo

Susana was born in 1980 and began her classical dance training under the Royal method. She attended the Escola de Dança do Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa and later studied under teacher Maria Franco. She has a degree in Child Education and has worked in different kindergardens, co-ordinating internships
In Companhia de Dança de Almada she’s participated in various artistic projects as a dancer, teacher and supervising Body Expression workshops for children. She has also completed additional training courses including Supervisor of Summer Schools, party/event coordinator and has developed projects with various entities including Zarabatana, Praznik. She has also received training in the ABA method, having worked with children within the spectrum of autism. She currently teaches dance classes at Ca.DA Escola, for children, young people and seniors. In 2017, with Ângela Ribeiro, she created EmbalArte, a theater group for babies and early childhood, with the play "De Lés a Lés Saberás Quem És".


Rua Manuel de Sousa Coutinho, 11

2800-163 Almada, Portugal

Tel: +351 212 583 175

E-mail: geral(@)

Ca.DA Escola

Rua Manuel de Sousa Coutinho, 11

2800-163 Almada, Portugal

Tel: +351 212 500 145

E-mail: escola(@)

Mon. to Fri., 16:00 to 20:00

Quinzena de Dança de Almada International Dance Festival

E-mail: quinzena(@)



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