Arrais studied at the Gustav Ritter Cultural Center in Brazil, the Paris Opera Ballet School in France, the English National Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School both in England. Upon graduating from the Royal Ballet School, he was awarded the Ninette de Valois Bursary. Arrais was also a finalist at the 9th New York International Competition 2007 and The Youth America Grand Prix 2003 where he received a Scholarship to The Paris Opera Ballet School from the Nureyev Foundation.
In 2010 Arrais moved to the East Coast to Join Boston Ballet as a member of the Corp de Ballet. He was promoted directly to First Soloist in 2011 and to Principal Dancer in 2012. With Boston Ballet, Arrais has performed in George Balanchine's Midsummer Night'sDream (Puck), Mikko Nissenen's The Nutcracker (Cavalier and Snow King), Florence Clerc's La Bayadere (Golden Idol) and Les Sylphides (The Poet) John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, Jiri Kylian’s Bella Figura, Rudolf Nuryev's Don Quixote (Basilio), Harald Lander’s Etudes (Principal), as well as solo roles in Jorma Elo's Double Evil, Slice to Sharp and Sharp Side of Dark
Arrais joined the Norwegian National Ballet in 2006 where he worked with choreographers such as William Forsythe, Jiri Killian, Paul Lightfoot, and Sol Leon. He also danced lead roles such as Jester in Anna Marie Holmes’ Swan Lake, Prince Desiree in Cynthia Harvey’s Sleeping Beauty and Basilio in Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote.
In 2009 Arrais moved to San Francisco to work with the choreographer and company Alonzo King's Lines Ballet. He has toured the USA, France, Italy and taken part in the creation of Alonzo King's Scheherazade which opened the "Centenary of the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo". Here are some of his Favs. Enjoy!
Favorite discoveries - New countries and cultures
Shopping - Paulo is a frequent shopper of Osklen. Whenever he has a chance he always shops there.
Who is your idol - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Necessary Extravagance - On occasion, Paulo will have two massages per day
Favorite Place in the World - Paris
Favorite Charity or Nonprofit - Animal Rescue League of Boston
Favorite movie - Central Station
Favorite Hotel - Hotel Costes
Favorite sheets - Tommy Hillfiger
Never leave home without...... Music
Favorite Drink - Caipirinha
Favorite gadget - Iphone
Favorite neighborhood restaurant - Delux Cafe (Southend Boston)
Favorite dessert - Lemon Tarte
Favorite snack - Cereal Bars
Favorite soap - Marrocan Oil
Coffee orTea - Coffee
Favorite comfort food - Chicken Pie
Always in your fridge - Almond Milk
Favorite Underwear - Uniclo Purple
Favorite kicks - Dress shoes from ALDO
Favorite accessory - Scarfs
Dance item always in your bag - Muscle roller
Tie or Bowtie - Paulo will rock either one
Favorite piece of jewelry - No jewelry for this dancer here