Antonio, a prodigious talent, has had a meteoric rise in the ballet world. And the only dancer in the World to win the four main international dance competitions: Varna 2018, Youth America Grand Prix 2019, Grand Prix at IBCC China 2019 and Prix de Lausanne 2021, among many others. He was a winner at Got Talent Portugal 2017, as well as a special guest at galas dedicated to dancing around the world. He was born in Leiria and started dancing at the age of 8, always accompanied by Master Annarella Sanchez. Now at the age of eighteen, he starts his career as a soloist in the company Bayerisches Staatsballett (Munich, Germany).
"Ballet is addictive, especially for those who appreciate the art. In my opinion, it is one of the most complete arts there is, combining and encompassing a variety of other arts in order to perform in an authentic and complete way. The knowledge needed to be a ballet dancer goes beyond just knowing how to dance, there is a whole aggregate of skills needed to consider oneself a complete dancer. That is why ballet is my way of life. Working every day to be a better dancer is what makes me feel a complete person."
António Casalinho, December, 2021
Photo: Nikita Alba