Brazilian tap dancer Leonardo Sandoval, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as “strong yet fine-boned, capable of authority and nuance”, and praised by the New York Times for his "rousing" and “intricate” choreography, has established a reputation in the tap world and beyond for his musicality and for adding his own Brazilian flavor to the American art of tap dancing. He helped bring tap to a wider audience in Brazil via numerous TV appearances, and by co-founding the Companhia Carioca de Sapateado in Rio de Janeiro. In 2012, he won global recognition when he was a finalist in pop superstars Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony's talent show Q'Viva - The Chosen.
Now based in New York, Leo is in demand as a solo performer and choreographer, and had his work performed at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Chicago Human Rhythm Project, among others. An artist in residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation and, over the 2018-19 season, at renowned percussive dance center Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, he has also toured extensively as a solo artist, including at the Caramoor Jazz Festival, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center, and at the National Folk Festival, a rare honor for a tap dancer. He has collaborated with musicians including Michael Mwenso and the Shakes, Ben Sollee, and the Quebe Sisters, and has continued bringing tap to global audiences though his performances, as well as TV features and interviews on PBS, BBC, MSNBC, the CW channel, and Fox. In addition to his solo work, Leo is a core member of Michelle Dorrance’s acclaimed company, Dorrance Dance, performing across the United States and abroad at venues like the Joyce Theater, the Guggenheim Museum, London’s Sadler’s Wells, Canada’s National Arts Center, the Honk Kong Arts Festival, and many more. A true dancer-musician, Leo’s artistry is rooted in America’s great jazz and tap dance heritage and in Brazil’s rich rhythmic and musical forms, with additional influences from contemporary and urban dances.
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