Candoco Pro: Mickaella Dantas

Candoco Dance Company, November 18th, 2018
Photography: Camilla Greenwell, 2018

I’m Micka, I'm 29 years old and I'm Brazilian (from the north east). I work in contemporary and inclusive dance, performance, visual arts and circus (trapeze). In early childhood I participated in folk dancing groups but it was in 2006 that I started training in contemporary with a company within an arts university, this changed my perspective and became a significant stage in my life's journey.

After I moved to Portugal in 2011, I started to work with other companies and choreographers, such as Clara Andermatt (who I have been collaborating with on various projects since 2012), also I did the course Choreographic Composition, Dance Research Programme at Forum Dança, this developed my perceptions of creativity, physicality and cultures. In the UK I was also part of the short film, 'We're superhumans' directed by Dougal Wilson Helms for Channel 4 and a photo of me by photographer Andy Lo Pò was shortlisted for the Portrait of Britain 2017. I have been part of Candoco as a company dancer for over a year now but I worked with the company before as part of the London 2012 Paralympics. At Candoco we collaboratively create different works and projects, I’m very happy to be part of the team.

I’ve trained with dance artists such as Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Lia Rodrigues, David Zambrano. In training, I do floor work, voice exploration, site-specific interrogation and yoga, these things keep my relentless curiosity alive, which is essential for me. I'm building my career between Brazil, Portugal and London now. I love working in dance so much but I also have a big passion for the circus and I hope to be back on the magical trapeze soon.

How the piece has come together so far? Where did you start? What have you still got to do?

We have had just 3 intensive days with the Strictly Pros and Arlene Phillips, where we have been learning material from the ballroom. I am experiencing the intensity and drama of the music in relation to the steps, it's so important! Now we are creating a fusion of both amazing dance worlds, contemporary and ballroom.